Wiggins Granted EC$450,000 bail for Drugs

Alister Wiggins being escorted to the St. George’s Magistrate court last week Thursday

Alister Wiggins being escorted to the St. George’s Magistrate court last week Thursday

A vacation to his native land has ended on a sour note for 63-year old Alister Wiggins who has found himself in trouble with the law on drug charges.

The Grenadian-born British citizen was slapped with two drug related offenses last week Monday after police officers allegedly caught him with approximately 3.3 kilos of cocaine at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) as he was trying to return to England.

Wiggins who has up to this point in his life maintained a clean police record, was nabbed by law enforcement officers, while attempting to leave the island with the illegal drugs which carries a street value of approximately EC$300, 000.

The drug accused has since been charged with trafficking and possession of a controlled drug.

He has retained the services of Attorney-at-Law Ruggles Ferguson, who is being assisted by another attorney, Sabina Gibbs.

Wiggins’ lawyers were successful last week Thursday in convincing the court to grant bail, which was given in the sum of EC$450, 000, with two sureties.

During his first court appearance at the No. 2 Magistrate’s Court last week Wednesday, sitting Magistrate Tahira Gellineau adjourned the matter to the following day to consider the application for bail, which was met with strong objection from Police prosecutors.

In making the bail application, Attorney Ferguson directed the court to the age, medical background, family connections and nationality of his client, also pointing to his constitutional rights, including, the right to be presumed innocent until found guilty.

However, Chief Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor objected to bail on the grounds that even though the accused is a Grenadian by birth and a frequent visitor to the island, he is a resident of London and can be considered a flight risk.

After deliberation, Magistrate Gellineau took the decision to grant bail with very strict conditions and ordered Wiggins to surrender all his travel documents to the court, inform the court where he would be staying and with whom, as well as report to the South St. George Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between 6.00 a.m and 6.00 p.m and to seek permission from the court to leave mainland Grenada.

Magistrate Gellineau warned the suspect that if he breaches any of the bail conditions it could result in his bail being revoked.

Wiggins’ next court date is October 29 at 11:00 a.m..

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