Almost 3 months after the March 19 discovery of 228 pounds of marijuana, which was found inside a motor vehicle driven by a police officer, another suspect has been charged in connection with the illegal drugs.
Vincentian Daniel Hazelwood was brought before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No. 2 court Wednesday on the indictable charges of Possession and Conspiracy to Traffic a Controlled Drug.
Police Constable Stalin Belfon and 19-year old Jonel Thomas were the first two suspects to be arrested for the drugs.
The policeman is currently on $200, 000.00 bail for the indictable charge of Possession and Trafficking a Controlled Drug while Thomas was granted bail in the sum of $75, 000.00.
Hazelwood who was identified as a businessman by profession has retained the services of Attorney-at-Law Derrick Sylvester who was unsuccessful in his attempt to secure bail in a smaller or equivalent sum compared to the $200, 000 granted to PC Belfon.
However, the Magistrate agreed to grant bail in the sum of $250, 000 with 2 sureties.
Attorney Sylvester’s bail application was strongly objected to by Senior Crown Counsel in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Howard Pinnock, who is prosecuting the case on behalf of the State.
The Jamaica-born attorney expressed concern that the drug suspect may be a flight risk as he has no solid concrete ties to the country and based on immigration records, has a history of travelling frequently out of the jurisdiction.
“We have a relatively strong case against him,” the Senior Crown Counsel told the court.
However, Attorney Sylvester expressed a different version and said that the Prosecution’s case is “weak”.
He claimed that the parents of Hazelwood are Grenadian and that his client sells vehicle parts and operates a clothing and accessories business hence the reason why he travels out of the island often.
“His whole maternal family is here in Grenada,” the attorney told the court.
In granting bail, Magistrate Gellineau also noted the seriousness of the offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and or a fine of $500, 000.
As part of his bail conditions Hazelwood, has to report to the Grenville Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, surrender all his travel document, seek permission from the court to leave the State and to have no form of contact with the co-accused persons or Prosecution witnesses in the case.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the drug suspect, who has been residing at Balthazar in St Andrew’s for almost 3 years, was detained by lawmen on Sunday, and formally charged for the offences on Monday.
PC Belfon, who was driving a white Toyota Corolla was apprehended in March by police officers attached to the drug squad in the vicinity of Beaulieu, St. George, along with Thomas who was occupying the passenger seat of the motor vehicle.
The two were travelling from St. George’s to Telescope in St. Andrew when they were intercepted in the Beaulieu area by law enforcement officers.
All three drug suspects are scheduled to appear next in court on September 7 before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court.