Men caught with Colombian Weed

The Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is continuing its investigation into a quantity of Colombian Weed that entered the country.

Some of the persons charged with illegal drug possession as they were escorted to court

Some of the persons charged with illegal drug possession as they were escorted to court

One Trinidadian national is among three men who have so far been nabbed by the lawmen in connection with the illegal ganja.

Trinidadian Keston Adams, along with Kemron Grant, and 19-year old Akim Ettienne both from Waltham, St. Mark’s were detained last week Thursday while traveling in a Mazda Car in Grand Anse by the Drug Squad after two pounds of the weed were found inside a bag in their possession.

Two counts of possession of illegal drugs were slapped on Grant, while all three accused men are jointly charged with trafficking.

Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill granted Grant bail in the sum of $8,000 and $5,000 for both counts, while bail in the sum of $8,000 was granted to Ettienne.

However, bail was denied to Trinidadian Adams whose father is a Grenadian residing in St. Mark’s. The accused claimed that he has been vacationing in Grenada for the past five months.

Head of the Police Prosecution Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor objected to bail for the non-national on the grounds that he was a flight risk.

ASP Victor told the court that the confiscated ganja has a street value of  $10,000.

He said that Colombian weed is of a higher grade than those coming from Jamaica and St. Vincent and fetched a higher retail price.

However, Defense attorney, Peter David disputed this, saying that the ordinary value of one pound of weed on the island is $2,263 and called on the Prosecution to explain the basis of the new valuation of the illegal drugs.

David also sought to find out from the court if the Prosecution Department has in its possession a statement from one of the three accused men taking responsibility for the drugs.

The lawyer claimed that at the scene of the incident and in a subsequent statement to the police, one of the suspects indicated that he was prepared to accept responsibility for the drugs.

According to David, his clients are entitled to a copy of the statements they provided to the police, but none has been given to them.

He also complained before the court that his clients were interviewed by the police in his absence.

The accused are due back in court on Monday (July 11).

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