A 54-year-old prison officer is facing three drug related charges after being caught trying to carry just over two pounds of marijuana onto the prison compound.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Daniel Charles from Upper Depradine Street in Gouyave, St. John, who has been employed as a prison officer at the Richmond Hill Prison for several years, found himself on the wrong side of law after the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value of $4, 200 was found in his possession, while he was reporting for duty on Sunday morning.
Charles was charged with Possession of a controlled drug, Trafficking of a controlled drug and Intent to supply a controlled drug.
The accused made his first appearance before Chief Magistrate, Her Honour, Tamara Gill at the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, represented by defense attorney, Peter David.
The Police prosecution did not object to bail, which was granted in the sum of $8, 000 with one surety.
Charles, who is scheduled to reappear before the court on November 28, is the second prison officer to be caught committing the illegal act in recent years.
Back in January 2014, a search of a locker at the prison belonging to former junior prison officer, Ryan Morris, turned up 1/4 lb of marijuana, while another search conducted at his home at La Sagesse, St. David’s, yielded another 1/4 lb of the illegal drug.
Morris was arrested and charged with 2 Counts of Possession of a Controlled Drug and 2 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Drug and placed on $30, 000.00 bail.
THE NEW TODAY understands that in July 2017 some 80 grams of cannabis, along with another substance resembling cocaine, were allegedly confiscated from the cells of repeated offenders Arthur Braveboy, 27, and Darren Maitland, 34, who are currently serving sentences at the prison.
In the face of increasing discovery of illegal drugs at the prison, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has been making serious attempts to eradicate the practice.