Police have charged three men from the north of the island in connection with the discovery of 280 pounds of marijuana at Green Island.
The three – Alvin Alexis, a 35-year old farmer from Rose Hill, along with 25-year-old Kevin Phillip from Levera and 28-year-old Rawle Mc Queen from La Fortune, both fishermen, appeared Wednesday before Magistrate Karen Noel at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court.
The suspects who were jointly charged with ‘Conspiring with each other and unknown persons to Traffic in a Controlled Drug” were granted bail in the sum of $100, 000.00.
Alexis has retained the services of Attorney-at-Law, Andre Thomas but Mc Queen and Phillip, who are facing an additional charge of ‘Trafficking a Controlled Drug,’ were not represented by legal counsel.
The Police Prosecution, which was led by Sergeant Kenneth Fortune did not object to bail but informed the court that they intend to proceed indictable with the case against the three drug suspects.
Sgt. Fortune asked the Magistrate to impose strict reporting conditions on the drug suspects.
He informed the court that both Mc Queen and Alexis have no previous convictions but that Phillip, who makes weekly trips between the mainland and the Sister Isle of Carriacou, has two previous convictions, including one of a similar nature dating back to 2016, for which he received a sentence of 1-year imprisonment.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Phillip and Mc Queen were apprehended by members of the Coast Guard on Sunday shortly after they were seen offloading suspicious looking packages from a boat and handing them to another individual, who managed to flee the crime scene as the Coast Guard intercepted the boat.
Police investigators have strong reason to believe that Alexis, who showed up at the Sauteurs Police Station later on that day, with the parents of one of the co-accused, was indeed the person who had fled the crime scene, while the boat was being intercepted by the Coast Guard.
It is understood that 9 nylon bags, containing bales of the ganja, which carries an estimated street value of $633, 920, were recovered by Police investigators on Green Island, covered under fresh foliage.
The drugs were taken to the Sauteurs Police Station while the boat was brought to the Coast Guard base at True Blue.
In requesting bail for Alexis, Attorney Thomas urged the court to do so with a reasonable amount in mind and also reminded the court that bail should not be used as a punishment, but to ensure that persons show up for their court matters.
As part of the bail conditions, the drug suspects were ordered to surrender all their travel documents to the court and to request the court’s permission to leave the state.
Alexis and Mc Queen were ordered to report to the Sauteurs Police Station on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while Phillip was ordered to do the same at the Carriacou Police Station.
The drug suspects will make their next court appearance on April 11 at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court.