Three months after completing a four-year prison sentence for a string of criminal offences including armed robbery with violence, stealing and possession of arms and ammunition, Andy John of Mt. Parnassus in St. George’s is back in the hands of the lawmen.
John is among five persons who were arrested last week Wednesday by Police and jointly charged with the criminal offence of trafficking in controlled drug, after a search of the vessel they were travelling in turned up 325 pounds of marijuana, carrying a street value of EC$737, 100.00.
John attracted national attention when he was linked as one of the associates of the infamous Alister Stanislaus who is serving a prison sentence for bank fraud committed in 2012 in connection with the ATM machine of Scotiabank and the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited (GCBL).
THE NEW TODAY understands that the vessel was intercepted by members of the Grenada Coast Guard, while travelling in Grenadian waters toward an unnamed location along the Western coast.
John along with the other suspects – Ian Maxwell of Belmont, Lorne Streete from Victoria, St. Mark, Jason Crooks of Café in Crochu, St. Andrew, and Brian Grant, a national of Barbados – made their first appearance before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St. George’s #1 Magistrate’s Court last week Friday.
All five were represented by Attorney-at-law, Peter David who was successful in obtaining bail for three of them in an application made before the court.
The Police Prosecution team, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor had strongly objected to bail for all five men.
However, after a heated exchange between Attorney David and the police prosecution, the Chief Magistrate Gill took the decision to grant bail only to Maxwell, Streete and Crooks, in the sum of EC$200, 000, with 2 sureties.
As part of the conditions set, the three men were also ordered to report to the Central Police Station on the Carenage every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m, surrender all their travel documents, and to make a written request to the court for permission to leave the jurisdiction.
The police prosecution told the court that Maxwell is the captain and owner of the vessel, which has since been impounded by the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).
ASP Victor also argued that Maxwell has access to many different islands and made a request for specific conditions to be attached by the Magistrate if bail is granted to him.
Attorney David dismissed the prosecution’s claim and informed the court that the vessel does not belong to his client and is currently in the possession of the police.
In addition, ASP Victor told the court that bail should be denied to Barbadian national, Brian Grant since he had lied to the lawmen about his true nationality.
According to the Chief Police Prosecutor, the accused had told the police investigating officers that he was a Vincentian and felt that he should not be granted bail because he is not a national of Grenada.
The police also opposed bail for John on the grounds that he has prior convictions and is a frequent visitor to St. Vincent, which is suspected to be heavily involved in the drug trade business with Grenada.
Chief Magistrate Gill took the decision to deny bail for Grant and John and remanded them to the Richmond Hill Prisons.
The five accused persons were expected to make their second court appearance before the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.