A joint operation between local and international law enforcement officers has resulted in the biggest drug haul on the island estimated at $6 million.
The police have taken into custody several persons including the operator of Spice Isle Recycling (scrap metal business) and RSD Trading owner, 35-year-old Belmont resident, Mahendra Singh who operates his business at Woodlands, St. George’s.
Also arrested were 30 year old Asstaf Alley of Mt Granby, St John a Welder by profession; and 43 year old Paul De Roache of Petite Martinique who resides at Archibald Avenue.
The drug suspects were remanded to the Richmond Hill prison awaiting a court decision on a request made for bail to be granted.
All three men are Guyanese nationals with Grenadian Citizenship. Both Alley and Singh were charged with Handling a Controlled Drug while De Roache was charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug and Trafficking a Controlled Drug.
The suspects were expected to return to court Thursday morning before Magistrate Karen Noel who reserved her decision on a bail application made by a team of defense attorneys.
Attorney-at-Law, Ruggles Ferguson represents Singh who copped the GCIC Award for Environmental Excellence in 2013 and both Alley and De Roache are represented by Attorneys-at-Law Anselm Clouden and George Prime.
The men were arrested after a fishing trawler owned by De Roache was searched last week Friday morning and 60 kilograms of the illegal drugs discovered onboard.
Superintendent of Police in Charge of the Drug Squad, Rodriguez James informed the media during a press briefing on Monday that the operation took effect at approximately 11.00 a.m. when members of the Drug Squad and the Grenada Coast Guard in conjunction with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions mounted a search operation on the vessel docked at the Lagoon on the Kirani James Boulevard.
Supt. James disclosed that a brick like package was found and a field test conducted proved positive for cocaine.
He said that a more in-depth search was carried out on the vessel during which five bags were found in a compartment at the stern of the vessel.
The senior police officer stated that the bags were opened and the contents were brick-like packages that also tested positive for cocaine
The 60 kilograms of drugs discovered has an estimated street value of EC$6 million.
The Drug Squad also reported successful raids between the 25th February and March 5 in which more than 40lbs of marijuana were seized in Lake Antoine area (191 lbs), Carriacou (102 lbs); and in Marlmount, St David’s (346 lbs).
According to Supt. James, the estimated street value of the seized drugs is $1.6 million.
He added that the total street value of drugs seized by the Drug Squad during that short period alone is $7, 678, 320.00, which demonstrates the magnitude of the drug problem in Grenada and the Caribbean.
He warned drugs dealers that the Drug Squad is always on alert and intends to be successful in the war on illegal drugs in the country.
Supt. James commended his officers for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice towards their job as well as members of the Grenada Coast Guard Unit in working alongside them.