Two Vincentians appeared before a Grenville Magistrate on Wednesday on charges of illegal possession of marijuana and arms and ammunition.
The two – Kamar Jones and Timothy Williams of Union Island – were apprehended along with a local woman, Aphie Williams of Telescope by police in the Byelands area of St. Andrew’s.
All three suspects were taken by Grenville Police before Magistrate Nevlyn John where the charges of possession and trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of arms and ammunition were read to them.
The suspects were represented in court by attorney-at-law, Peter David, the former Tourism Minister in the 2008-13 Congress government.
Jones pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of 2 lbs of marijuana and was fined $2000. 00 to be paid on the same day Wednesday.
THE NEW TODAY understands that if the fine is not paid the suspect, who was taken from the court to a cell inside the Grenville Police Station, will be brought back to court on Friday for a prison sentence before Magistrate John.
An official police spokesman told THE NEW TODAY that the lawmen dropped the charge of possession of arms and ammunition against Jones.
During the sitting, the other Vincentian national, Timothy Williams pleaded guilty to possession of the firearm and ammunition and was fined EC$5000.00 while the charge of illegal possession of ganja was dropped.
Magistrate John ordered Williams to pay the fine by Thursday – failing which he will have to return to court on Friday to be sentenced.
The court did not deal with the charges slapped on the Telescope woman and she was placed on $5000.00 bail with one surety.
Aphie Williams is due to re-appear in court on July 9 for the hearing of her matters.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Jones is the male companion of the woman from Telescope.
This paper was told that the Grenville Police, acting on a tip-of swooped down Tuesday on the suspects near a house, they were living in and caught them with 2 lbs of marijuana and a .38 pistol.
The police decided to treat the matter very seriously since the gun is considered to be of a high-powered nature.
Meanwhile, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) have issued another bulletin warning the public to be on guard against another influx of counterfeit currency in circulation.
The release said: “The public is being warned to be on the lookout for counterfeit EC$100 and $50 notes currently in circulation. The illegal $100 notes bear serial number VM189980 while the $50 notes bear serial number SJ 956006.
“Anderson MARK, 56 years old, Bus Driver of Tempe, St. George, was arrested and charged on May 2nd 2014, for the offence of possession of counterfeit coin after he was found in possession of $100.00 ECC bearing serial number VM189988. The illegal money which is from a past warning implies same may still be in circulation.
“Persons are asked to exercise utmost vigilance and caution when doing business. Anyone coming in contact with these fake monies are asked to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 440 3921 or police emergency at 911”.