Another Grand Mal resident has been brought before the St. George’s No.2 Magistrate’s Court in connection with the May 1, 2018, discovery of an estimated EC$449, 064 worth of marijuana on a beach in the area.
A charge of Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Drug was slapped on 41-year-old Barber, Gibson Parris, who law enforcement officers alleged conspired with 56-year-old Dick Williams to smuggle 198 pounds of the illegal substance into the country.
Williams, a Mechanic by profession, was apprehended by police on May 1, after 6 bags containing the illegal substance were found in his possession on-board a black and orange fishing vessel, which was heading inland.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the co-accused, Parris, was apprehended by police on May 25, around 9.00 p.m at his place of business.
Sporting a Rastafarian hairstyle, the barber appeared before Magistrate Tamara Gellineau on May 29, where bail was granted to him in the sum of EC$200, 000 with 2 sureties.
However, Parris, who was described as the sole bread winner of his family, was not in a position to source sufficient surety.
The accused has retained the services of experienced Barrister-at-Law, Anselm Clouden who made an application before the court last week Friday (June 1), for his bail amount to be reduced within reach of his sister so that they can secure his bail.
Magistrate Gellineau conceded to the request, which was not objected to by the police prosecution and reduced the bail amount to $100, 000 with 2 sureties.
The first suspect had appeared before Magistrate Gellineau early last month, where Attorney-at-Law Francis Paul secured bail for him in the sum $200, 000 with 2 sureties.
When Williams made his second court appearance last week Friday, he was escorted in handcuffs by prison officers as he was unable to secure the sureties to place his bail.
Both Williams and Parris are scheduled to reappear before the court on Monday.