The Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has carried out a successful operation at the famous Four Roads on Grenville Street, St. George’s last week Wednesday that resulted in the confiscation of a firearm, a number of ammunition along with a quantity of illegal drugs at two different houses.
The police operation, carried out at the home of Godwin John, ended with the confiscation of a nine-millimeter pistol, one empty magazine, 32 rounds of a 12-gauge ammunition, three rounds of a point-three 12-gauge cartridges, 73 nine-millimeter rounds of ammunition, three rounds of a point-three two ammunition, 11 rounds of a point-three eight sero ammunition, one round of point-three five seven ammunition, and one round of a point four-five ammunition.
However, the police left the area without recovering the guns for the various ammunition found.
The Drug Squad was also able to lay their hands on six and a half pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $14,650.00 at the home of John, described as a small businessman.
The Lawmen also swopped down on the home of another resident of Four Roads, Gordon Williams where three quarter pound of marijuana with a street value of $1,600 was discovered.John has since been charged with possession of illegal firearm and ammunition, as well as possession and trafficking of an illegal drug, while Williams was slapped with charges of possession and trafficking of a controlled drug.
The two accused appeared at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court last week Friday before Chief Magistrate Her Honour, Tamara Gill who granted bail in the sum of $10,000 with two sureties to Williams, but John was not so lucky.
Defense Counsel Peter David who requested bail for John informed the court that his client was willing to speak to the Prosecution about the bullets and how they came into his possession.
David said if John is allowed the opportunity to cooperate with the police, he is sure they can find a way to mitigate on the next course of action.
However, Head of the Police Prosecution Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor who objected to bail on the basis of the number of bullets found and the accused man’s previous convictions which amounts to seven did not accept that statement.
ASP Victor informed the court that John who was taken into custody two days before being brought to court had ample time to inform the lawmen about the whereabouts of the firearm.
The small businessman was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prisons and was expected to reappear in court yesterday, (March 3rd), while John who has three previous convictions will return to court on April 25th.
Police regard the Four Roads area as one of those hot spots in the country for illegal activities especially drug-running.