Police have charged a 26-year old Imani, Kelson Charles with the illegal possession of six pounds of ganja.
Authoritative sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Charles was attached to the Coast Guard unit of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) when he was arrested by members of the Drug Squad.
A source who asked not to be named said that the Drug Squad, acting on a tip off, detained and searched the suspect on May 21 at the Coast Guard base at True Blue and questioned him about a number of allegations levelled against him.
He spoke of the officers taking Charles to his home at Marquis in St. Andrew’s to carry out a search of the premises.
According to the source, it was during the operation that a search made in the yard of a car owned by the apprehended man that the illegal drugs were found hidden inside it.
Charles became an Imani when the New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell came to power in a clean sweep of all fifteen seats in the 2013 general elections.
The accused appeared before the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on May 23 to answer charges of possession of controlled drugs and trafficking in illegal drugs.
THE NEW TODAY was told that during his attachment at the coast guard, the Imani Charles had accompanied the unit on a few operations including drug interdiction raids.
A police insider pointed to a particular operation involving Charles in which the lawmen were confident of locating a quantity of illegal drugs in the St. Andrew’s area but nothing was found when they arrived on the scene.
“One has to now wonder if Charles did not inform the men that the police were coming to raid them. Was this Imani a friend of the underworld?”, he blurted out.
This newspaper understands that Charles has been placed on EC$15, 000 bail by the sitting Magistrate in Grenville.