A 26-year-old Construction worker from Mirabeau in St. Andrew has been slapped with a drug related charge.
Alex Niles was arrested last week Saturday in connection with 176 pounds of compressed marijuana, which was discovered inside an abandoned vehicle on a beach in St. Andrew in December 2017.
Niles appeared before Magistrate Nevlyn John at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court in St. Andrew on Monday, represented by seasoned criminal defense Attorney, Peter David, who secured bail for him in the sum of $30, 000 with 2 sureties, without objections from the Police prosecution.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value of $398, 464.00 was found packaged inside of 5 nylon bags, in the back of a silver Suzuki Escudo registration #PAA381.
The vehicle was found abandoned on the Telescope Beach in St. Andrew during a joint operation between members of the Drug Squad and Special Services Unit (SSU).
Police investigators have strong reason to believe that Niles was one of the occupants who fled the scene upon realisation that police officers were on their trail.
This newspaper was told that police investigators apprehended the drug suspect at his home in Mirabeau last week Saturday as he attempted to evade arrest by running into some nearby bushes.
Niles is due to reappear before Magistrate John at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on February 15.
The police are said to be continuing their investigations into the matter.
In another drug matter, 25-year-old Jackson Crooks who was arrested in connection with the discovery of 289 pounds of marijuana, which was found hidden in some bushes in the vicinity of the abandoned Bel Air Resort in St. David on January 19, is scheduled to make another appearance in court on February 23 at the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court.
The unemployed man, who is currently remanded at the Richmond Hill Prison, was denied bail when he appeared before Magistrate Karen Noel at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court.
The Police Prosecution had strongly objected to Attorney Anselm Clouden’s bail request for the accused who is indebted to the court for an outstanding fine in the sum of $50, 000, for a similar offence, dating back to 2015.
Crooks appeared before the St. David’s Magistrate’s Court last week Friday but the matter was adjourned to February 23 due to the absence of Attorney Clouden, who could not make it for the hearing.
As he was being escorted from Court by police officers, Crooks used his hands, which were cuffed together in front of him to hide his face from the camera.
THE NEW TODAY understands that police investigators strongly believe there are other individuals linked to the discovery of the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value of $654, 296.00.
The illegal drugs were spotted by a security officer, who was working at the abandoned resort.
In addition to the illegal drugs, police investigators also found a boat anchored at the secluded bay in front of the abandoned resort along with a white Subaru station wagon registration number PG912, which has been linked to the drug suspect.
Crooks was apprehended at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) in Point Salines on January 30 as he tried to leave the island on a Caribbean Airlines flight to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago.