Three prison officers at Grenada’s lone prison will return to Court on November 6 to answer charges of possession and trafficking of a controlled drug.
The trio were taken into custody on allegations that they were trying to smuggle illegal drugs into the prison for use by inmates.
Brothers Shaundell and Samuel Frederick who are residents of Westerhall, St. David and Abdella Abel of St Andrew were arrested during a police operation conducted on July 27 following a complaint from the authorities at the Richmond Hill Prison.
A source close to the investigation said that the prison had contacted both the Drug Squad and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) to report that someone might have smuggled in drugs into the prison.
He told THE NEW TODAY that a prison officer spotted the illegal drugs in the bags of one of his colleagues and reported the matter to his superiors.
Two and a half pounds of cannabis were allegedly confiscated from the bag of one of the prison officers.
The source said that one of the suspects who became aware of the report tried to help out his colleague by taking away the drugs from the compound but was apprehended by members of the Drug Squad.
He expressed shock that the two brothers were implicated in the illegal drugs at the prison since they were known to be “good and decent” citizens who were brought up in the church as religious persons.
The three prison officers made their second court appearance before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill last week Thursday in St George’s where the matter was stood down until November 6 to enable testing of the substances.
Attorney-at-Law, Derrick Sylvester represented the three officers who have been suspended from duties at the prison.
The Frederick brothers and Abel are currently on bail in the sum of $10,000.00 each with two sureties.
Meanwhile, the evidence is mounting concerning the amount of illegal items being found inside the prison.
As a result of a search and clean-up operation conducted by prison officials over a six-month period, some 16 pounds of cannabis, one hundred and eight (108) mobile phones along with chargers and Sim Cards were confiscated and handed over to the police force last week Tuesday.
During the past week, police have also arrested and charged two individuals in connection with illegal drugs.
In addition, the lawmen have also confiscated several quantities of cannabis in raids carried out in Queen’s Park St. George’s, Mirabeau, St. Andrew, Woburn St. George, Grand Anse Housing Scheme, St. George and Thebaide and Providence Estate in St. David.
An operation conducted last week Monday by the Drug Squad, headed by Sergeant 677 Cummings at the jetty at Queen’s Park St. George’s, resulted in the arrest of Kelly Hillaire, a resident of Mirabeau St. Andrew.
He was charged for the offences of Possession of a Controlled Drug and Possession of a Controlled Drug (eight wrapped portions of Cannabis) with Intent to supply to another person.
Cash amounting to $41.50 was also confiscated from the suspect.
An operation conducted last week at Thebaide and Providence Estate in St. David, headed by D/Sgt.677 Cummings resulted in the apprehension of Jeffery John, 36, in which one black plastic bag containing Cannabis was found.
A total of nineteen Cannabis trees ranging from 3ft to 14ft in height were uprooted by police at Providence St. David but no one was arrested.
Sgt. Cummings also spearheaded an operation on August 31 at Woburn, St. George, in which two fine bags containing five bales of Cannabis were found inside a motor vehicle registration number PAB918.
According to a police report, while the officers were approaching the vehicle, the driver ran out, jumped into the sea, boarded a boat and escaped from the scene.
Officers attached to the South St. George Police Station also conducted an operation last week Sunday, under the command of Sgt. 384 Douglas at Grand Anse Housing Scheme in St. George, and uprooted thirty-three Cannabis trees ranging from 1ft to 4ft in height.
No one was arrested in the police raid.