Lawmen have slapped possession and trafficking charges on two inmates at the Richmond Hill Prison, after a quantity of drugs was found inside their cells last week.
THE NEW TODAY understands that approximately 80 grams of cannabis, along with another substance resembling cocaine, were confiscated from repeated offenders Arthur Braveboy, 27, and Darren Maitland, 34, during a search of their cells last week Thursday.
The two appeared unrepresented Monday before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill at the No. 1 Magistrate’s Court in St. George’s.
Braveboy informed the court of his decision to retain the services of criminal defense attorney, Peter David to assist him, while Maitland indicated that he would seek representation from Attorney-at-Law, Ruggles Ferguson.
Chief Magistrate Gill who is the wife of Attorney Ferguson took the decision to move Maitland’s matter to the No.2 Magistrate’s court, which is presided over by Magistrate Tahira Gellineau.
Braveboy can be considered as a regular person in police custody over the years.
The 27-year-old from Woolwich Road in St. George’s is currently serving a 5-year sentence at the prison, for a shooting incident dating back to March 2015.
He was charged with 2 counts of attempt to commit non-capital murder, 2 counts of possession of a firearm, and 1 count of possession of ammunition.
Maitland who is from Vendome, St. George, has a record of infringement with the law that dates back to 1995.
He was arrested in July and remanded to prison on five charges including 2 counts of bodily harm, 1 count of wounding, and 2 counts of grievous harm.
Both Braveboy and Maitland are due to reappear in court on July 4.
With the increasing discovery of illegal drugs at the prison in recent times, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has been making serious attempts to eradicate the practice.
In 2015, more than 25 lbs of marijuana were confiscated at the prison and destroyed after a normal clean-up of the surrounding areas.
And former prison officer, Ryan Morris, was arrested in January 2014 and charged with 2 counts of Possession of a controlled drug and Trafficking in a controlled drug after a search of his locker revealed an alleged ¼ lb of marijuana.
THE NEW TODAY understands that there is a tower towards the back of the prison, which is not usually occupied, and it is suspected that persons use the vent to throw the illegal drugs onto the compound.