The Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has made a major drug bust that has resulted in the arrest of four men.
Three of the suspects are Grenadians residing in the Parish of St. George’s, while the other person nabbed is a Vincentian.
The locals have been identified as 34-year old Jeremy Telesford of Woburn, 21-year old Aldon Samuel of Woodlands and 21-year old Akim Patterson of La Borie.
The Vincentian is Kurt Alvis who is 22 years old.
THE NEW TODAY was told that a speed boat in which the men were traveling was intercepted in the waters between Happy Hill and Perseverance, St. George’s by members of the Grenada Coast Guard, the Drug Squad and Special Services Unit (SSU).
The lawmen reportedly recovered from the boat some four hundred pounds of marijuana that was contained in 12 bags.
All four arrested men have been charged with possession, and trafficking of a controlled drug that has a street value of $907,200.
An additional charge of possession of illegal firearm and ammunition has been slapped on Telesford.
A search of his vehicle by the police discovered two-12-gauge firearms and four rounds of •38 ammunition.
A further search of his residence at Woburn resulted in the discovery of nine rounds of 12-gauge and four rounds of AK47 ammunition.
A release issued by the Community Relations Department of RGPF said that the accused men attempted to evade the lawmen with the boat that has a 200 HP engine during the early morning operation last week Thursday.
A source close to the police said that a fifth man whom it is believed to be the captain of the boat managed to evade the police.
This is the second single largest seizure of marijuana for the year on the island.
On March 9, the lawmen stumbled upon 440 pounds of marijuana that was contained in ten bags hidden in an area in Grand Etang, St. Andrew’s in the vicinity of Digicel and LIME towers. No one was arrested.
One week earlier, during a joint operation that was carried out by the Grenada Coast Guard, SSU and Drug Squad, the law enforcement officers confiscated close to four hundred pounds of marijuana that has an approximate street value of just over $890,000.00.
The huge drug bust came less than one week after the lawmen made a seizure of a large quantity of illegal drugs in St. Andrew’s.
A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper that members of the Drug Squad who were at Telescope Beach in St. Andrew’s on May 4 noticed a speedboat heading towards the shore.
The source said the boat had two persons on board – Kiemi Thompson of Brunswick, Carriacou, and Nicholas Daniel of St. Vincent.
The boat failed to stop after it was signaled to do so by the Grenada Coast Guard which was in the vicinity.
A chase ensued and the Coast Guard was able to intercept the speedboat at Marquis Island in St. Andrew’s. A fine bag containing two bales of marijuana was recovered in the seawater.
A search of the boat recovered two bales of marijuana that was contained in a Jansport Bag.
The total amount of marijuana seized weighed thirty-four and a half pounds.
Both Thompson and Daniel were charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana.