The Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force has made a double seizure of close to one hundred pounds of marijuana last week Friday.
During the police operation that took place at Happy Hill, St. George’s, and on Hog Island, one man, David St. Bernard was arrested.
St. Bernard who is a 40-year old farmer of Happy Hill was found to be in possession of fifty-one and a half pounds of marijuana with a street value of just over $160,000.00.
The suspect who sports a rasta hairstyle was charged with possession and trafficking in the illegal substance.
St. Bernard was granted bail in the sum of $120,000.00 with two sureties by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill on Monday.
The accused man was ordered by Magistrate Gill to surrender all travel documents, and to report to the Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s every Monday and Friday between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Police Prosecutor, Corporal Vah Hercules who objected to bail being granted to St. Bernard made reference to a section of the police statement that was obtained from the accused man.
Cpl. Hercules felt that the accused is likely to repeat the offence as a result of informing the police that he would not stop “dealing” in marijuana.
However, Defense Counsel, Peter David quickly defended the statement by stating that when his client spoke of dealing he only meant that he would smoke the substance based on his religious belief.
A source close to the investigation told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that St. Bernard claimed that he was not the owner of the marijuana, but had it in his possession for someone.
During the accused man’s court appearance, the issue of dual identity was raised.
Cpl Hercules drew the court’s attention to the accused man being known at times as David St. Bernard and in some instances as David Hinds.
However, his mother who was present in court clarified the matter.
The Happy Hill resident told the court she previously carried St. Bernard, prior to being married but after she got married her surname changed to Hinds.
According to the mother, her son’s surname was not changed over despite her marriage.
However, the suspect informed the court that at various occasions he uses both surnames.
In the other police operation at Hog Island, a total of 47 pounds of marijuana were recovered from five bails and one bucket. No one was arrested.
This is the second occasion in less than one month that marijuana was found on Hog Island.
On the previous occasion, 87 pounds of the illegal drug with a street value of $190,000.00 was confiscated.