A move to clear a quantity of cocaine at the St. George’s Port last week Friday has failed.
Police have recovered the illegal drugs contained in a box that came on board the MV Ocean Princess last week Friday from its regular weekly trip out of Trinidad.
One hundred and ninety-two grams of cocaine was contained in the box that had mainly groceries in it.
Informed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that a check of the ship’s manifest might give an indication as to the name of the person who dropped off the package.
Beaulieu resident, Desmond Penny was attempting to clear the box when it was searched and the cocaine detected by members of the Drug Squad who were on location at the Caricom Jetty of the St. George’s Port.
An investigation carried out by the police into the discovery of the illegal drugs soon focused on a Vincentian national, Ferdinand Spencer who carries a Trinidadian accent.
He was detained and charged by local law enforcement officials as being an accomplice in the cocaine pick-up.
According to a high level source, it is unfortunate that Penny, unsuspectingly found himself tied up with the incident.
The source believes Penny was tricked into going on the port to clear the box that was placed in his name.
“As you know he is just a simple man on the street, never concerned about what is happening around him,” the source said.
Penny who was brought to court on Tuesday on charges of possession and trafficking in illegal drugs was placed on bail in the sum of $20,000 with two sureties by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill.
His accomplice (Spencer) was expected to face the court yesterday (Thursday May 23) on similar charges.