$25, 000 bail for Men on Cocaine Charges

As the fight against the illegal drug trade continues, the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has arrested another three persons for possession of cocaine.

Patrick Cornell

The latest arrest involves Dwight Richards and Patrick Cornell, both auto mechanics from Mont Toute, St. George and Arndrell Raeburn, a porter of Gouyave, St. John.

The three have been jointly charged with possession of approximately 80 grams of cocaine, which carries an estimated street value of $80, 000.

The accused are facing drug-related charges after being caught inside a dwelling house at Grand Anse, St. George, where the illegal substance (cocaine) was being prepared.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the drug was found inside the home of Patrick Cornell in both solid and liquid forms.

Cornell and Richards are both facing additional charges of possession of equipment and using the premises for preparing and processing a controlled drug.

Dwight Richards and Arndrell Raeburn who are facing cocaine charges

The three suspects appeared before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the No. 1 Magistrate’s Court last week Thursday, represented by criminal defense attorneys Peter David and Francis Williams.

The Police Prosecution team objected to bail for Raeburn, who is represented by Attorney David out of fear that he would abscond.

The Chief Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor claimed that Raeburn had connections in Trinidad and Tobago and argued that the illegal substance was intended for trafficking to the neighbouring island.

However, the Chief Magistrate took the decision to grant bail to Raeburn in the sum of $25, 000, after arguments were put forward by his lawyer.

Attorney David reminded the court of his client’s right to bail and the presumption of innocence in the matter until proven guilty.

There was no objection from the Prosecution to bail for the co-accused Richards, who is also represented by Attorney David or for Cornell, who is represented by Attorney Williams.

The two were also granted bail in the sum of $25, 000.

All three suspects are due to reappear before the Chief Magistrate on September 5.

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