Businessman, Michael “Ranking” Agard from Grand Bras, St. Andrew’s who has a previous drug conviction was among the persons arrested in the police operation that netted the drugs that allegedly came in from neighbouring St. Vincent & The Grenadines.
The 52-year old Agard was previously convicted about three years ago in the Grenville Magistrate’s Court for being in possession of just over three hundred pounds of marijuana.
The other persons who have been arrested and charged are fisherman Kenny Henry from Telescope, St. Andrew’s, Willan Young, a mechanic from Soubise, and the lone woman, Anisha Dominic who also resides at Soubise.
The four appeared before Magistrate Henry Paryag in the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were placed on bail to return to court on September 3.
Bail was set in the sum of $250,000.00 with two sureties for each of the men, while bail in the sum of $100,000.00 with two sureties for Dominic.
Magistrate Paryag ordered that the four drug accused surrender all of the their travel documents, and that they are to report to the Grenville Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday before 9:00 a.m.
As part of the police operation, the drug squad members also seized a Honda CRV van, registration number PAE 995, and a speedboat that belongs to Agard to assist them in their investigations.
Head of the Drug Squad, Superintendent Rodriquez James who spoke to THE NEW TODAY newspaper about the police operation said the drugs were contained in eleven (11) bails and were seized by the police as they were being landed from a speedboat to a group of people on the beach in Soubise.
According to Supt. James, it is normal at this time of the year leading up to the Carnival Season for persons engaged in the illegal drug trade to engage in such activities in an effort to try and stock up on supplies of marijuana and other illegal drugs.
He said the police have been witnessing an increase in the trafficking of drugs from St. Vincent to Grenada, and then moving most of them into Trinidad and Tobago via fishing and speedboats.
Three weeks ago, members of the Drug Squad conducted a drug burst at Cherry Hill, St. George’s in which 105 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $235,000.00 were confiscated.
Two fishermen, Myron Lett and Shane Fletcher have since been charged with possession and trafficking in an illegal substance.
Also on June 29, the Drug Squad discovered 40 pounds of marijuana in some bushes at Telescope, St. Andrew’s.
Three men, Harold Flanders, a 33-year old mason from Birchgrove, St. Andrew’s, Highroy Matthew, a 33-year old fisherman from Telescope, St. Andrew’s, and Clyde Abraham, a 35-year old unemployed of Pearls, St. Andrew’s have been charged with possession of a controlled drug, and trafficking.