With Grenadians getting into the spirit of carnival, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has made a number of important and successful arrests of persons allegedly involved in the drug trade.
The lawmen have also arrested for questioning a number of crew members of a local boat that travel the Grenada/Trinidad route after a quantity of cocaine was found on the vessel.
The biggest haul was on Friday when a car was intercepted in the Grand Etang area and ganja was found.
According to a police report, a traffic check was being conducted by Officers attached to the Central Division in the Grand Etang area when a search was conducted on a vehicle driven by Rohan Modeste, 24 years old, Beach Attendant of Mont Toute, St. George and another occupant Ryan Grainger, 30 years old, Bus Conductor of Belmont, St. George.
A total of 44lbs of cannabis and one hundred (100) rounds of .22 ammunition were discovered.
Both men were charged for the offences of possession of a controlled drug, trafficking of a controlled drug and possession of ammunition.
They appeared Tuesday before Chief Magistrate Her Honour, Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No.1 Magistrate’s Court represented by criminal attorney, Peter David, who was successful in securing bail in the sum of $75, 000 each with two sureties for them.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the car, which was driven by Modeste, was stopped for a normal check, when an officer got a scent of the marijuana and proceeded to search the vehicle.
The drugs reportedly carry an estimated street value of $99, 792.00.
The vehicle has been kept by police as part of their continued investigations into the matter.
A police spokesman told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the drugs and ammunition came into the island from neighbouring Trinidad & Tobago based on intelligence gathered.
Grainger has been identified as a victim of captivity some years ago in the Spanish-speaking nation of Venezuela in an alleged drug deal that went sour.
It is understood that he was held ransom in connection with monies owed for an unknown quantity of drugs.
Also, Grainger was able to escape and seek the help of Venezuelan authorities to return home.
The two arrested men are scheduled to return to court on a date to be fixed.
The lawmen also suspect that the cocaine found on the local vessel over the weekend came from Trinidad.
According to the police spokesman, the boat was being searched for arms and ammunition based on intelligence when a strange parcel was discovered with cocaine.
The boat was still berth alongside the St. George’s Port late Tuesday and could not leave for the weekly trip to Trinidad as the crew men were still detained by police investigators.
However, the police did arrest and charge two men including a Vincentian national following a raid carried out in the Gouyave area of St. John.
Officers attached to Drug Squad moved into a house in New Street, Gouyave, on Saturday and found .97 grams of cannabis.
One of the occupants Dwight Bibby, 41-year old, Vincentian was charged for the offences of Possession of a Controlled drug, Possession of a Controlled Drug with intent to supply and conspiracy to traffic a controlled drug.
The other suspect Kendell Blackman, 20 year old self employed of Woburn, St. George’s was also charged for Possession of a Controlled Drug.
Both men were due to appear Tuesday at the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court.
THE NEW TODAY understands that it is quite possible that additional charges could be laid against Bibby as part of the ongoing police investigation.
RGPF is also investigating a drug-related case involving a parcel intercepted last Friday at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA).
A police report said that a LIAT Quick Pak, destined for Antigua was intercepted at the airport where a package containing 2 ½ lbs of cannabis was discovered.