Police have charged seven persons including five locals and two Vincentians in connection with the second million dollar drug haul for the year in the country.
The suspects made their first court appearance before Magistrate Karen Noel at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to answer to the charges of trafficking in a controlled drug and conspiracy to trafficking in a controlled drug.
The accused are – Thirty year old Garfield Clement of River Salle, St. Patrick, 21-year-old Jakim Young of Non-Pariel, St. Mark, 32-year-old Livingston Smith of Mt. Hartman, St. George, 62- year-old Parker Hyacinth of Calivigny, St. George, 53-year-old Michael Scott of Gouyave, St John, and Vincentians 48-year-old Clove Phillip and 33-year-old Kurt Stapleton.
All seven were taken into custody Saturday by members of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).
Attorney-at-law Adrian Thomas of Franco Chambers appeared on behalf of the defendant Jackim Young while female barrister-at-law, Hazel Hopkin of Derick Sylvester and Associates appeared on behalf of the remaining six accused persons.
Hyacinth, Stapleton, Clement, Scott and Phillip are charged with Trafficking in and importing a Controlled Drug while Young and Smith were slapped with Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Drug.
Four of the seven men were placed on bail with conditions set by Magistrate Noel.
Scott was placed on bail in the sum of $250,000 with two sureties and ordered to report to the Gouyave Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and to seek permission from the court to leave the country.
Smith, Hyacinth and Young were placed on $200,000 bail with two sureties and the former was ordered to report to the South St. George Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
In the case of Hyacinth, the Magistrate ordered him to report to the South St. George Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and to also seek permission from the court if he is to travel out of the country.
Young would have to report to the Victoria Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00p.m.
The remaining three suspects Stapleton and Clement and Phillip were denied bail and remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill until their next court appearance on April 26.
They were all described as a possible flight risk by Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor who objected to bail for the men on the grounds that they were flight risk but made specific mention of Clement who has eight separate indictable charges of a sexual nature and Phillip who is a non-resident to Grenada.
The major drug haul was made last Saturday on Darvey Beach, St. Patrick as a boat containing 500-and-a-half pounds of Cannibis were intercepted by officers who were acting on a tip-off.
Information emanating from the court on Tuesday is that the confiscated drugs carry a street value of $1.1 million.
About two weeks ago, the Drug Squad arrested three persons in connection with a $2.3 million drug haul in Conference Bay in St. Andrew.