Gouyave Teenagers Nabbed in Cocaine Raid

Rashida Marsharll Jozann HarriamTwo teenage girls from Gouyave are jointly charged with a number of Guyanese nationals in connection with a large quantity of cocaine recovered by the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).

Nineteen-year-old Rashida Marshall and eighteen-year-old Jozann Harriman have been linked to a million dollar drug ring involving four Guyanese nationals – 34 year-old Colin Hooper, 21-year-old Osafi Bobb, 34 year-old Mahendranauth Daff, and 50 year old David Frank.

Marshall and Harriman appeared in court last week Thursday along with the other co-accused in front of Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill.

The teenaged girls were initially granted EC$50, 000 bail on their first appearance and their lawyers went back to court to get it reduced to $25, 000.00 each with two sureties.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the Chief Magistrate took the decision to reduce the sum to make the bail attainable by the sureties and the young ladies were able to post bail on Monday.

As part of their bail conditions, the court ordered both Marshall and Harriman to surrender all their travel documents, and to report to the Gouyave Police Station every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

The drug suspects were slapped with 12 indictable charges involving possession and trafficking of a controlled drug (cocaine), illegal possession of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition.

The arrest of the six suspects comes as members of the Drug Squad swopped down on the suspected Drug Ring in a major operation in St. George’s last week, during which an estimated 11 kilos of cocaine were discovered at three different locations.

This newspaper understands that approximately four kilos of cocaine was found in the possession of the teenagers, in the vicinity of the Burns Point, St. George’s area, while the remaining quantity was discovered at a house in Tempe, St. George, and at an unnamed hotel in the south of the island.

Police officers indicated that the drugs carry an estimated street value of EC$1.1million.

The Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill denied bail to the four Guyanese nationals who entered the State legally who were also jointly charged with conspiracy to traffic and export a controlled drug and conspiring with persons within and outside Grenada to export a controlled drug.

Additionally, Hooper, Bobb, and Daff are jointly charged with possession of a controlled drug and the necessary equipment, including latex gloves and a large roll of plastic wrap among other things intended for use in the preparation of a controlled drug, cocaine.

These three Guyanese were also jointly charged with possession of a firearm (a 9-milleter pistol) without a firearm license, and possession of 22 rounds of ammunition.

Daff and Frank are also charged with possession and trafficking of a controlled drug, while Hooper faces an additional charge of trafficking and intent to export a controlled drug.

Police insiders claim that the persons associated with the alleged drug ring operated from a lab somewhere in the Tempe area, where the illegal substance was manufactured for distribution and exportation.

During the first hearing, Acting Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Howard Pinnock indicated to the court that because the charges laid against the six accused persons are considered very serious, his office was treating the offences as indictable.

All six drug accused are represented by Attorneys-at Law Peter David and Francis Paul.

Their next court date has been set for October 27 at the St. George’s N0.1 Magistrate’s Court for the commencement of the Preliminary Inquiry into the allegations brought against them.

The accused persons each face a maximum sentence of 20 years to life behind bars if convicted.

Upon exiting the courthouse, the young ladies from the northwestern parish of St. John, used several offensive language to media workers who were covering the event.

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