A former police officer who was attached to the Grenada Ports Authority at Burns Point, along with his mother, sister and two brothers have been arrested and charged in connection with the seizure of 281 pounds of Marijuana at Levera, St. Patrick on August 19.
The ex-police officer has been identified as 31-year-old Hensley Mc Lean of Windsor Forest, St. David who is now an Electrician by profession.
He was charged along with his unemployed mother, Elma Charles, 51, an unemployed sister Olivia Mc Lean, 21, and his brothers, 22-year-old
Joel and 28-year old Kester Mc Lean, who are farmers by profession, and all residents of Levera.
The five were all jointly charged with Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Drug.
The drug suspects, appeared last week Thursday before Magistrate Karen Noel at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court represented by Attorney-at Law Arley Gill, who was successful in securing bail on their behalf.
THE NEW TODAY understands that officers attached to the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) retrieved the illegal substance during the execution of a search warrant at the family home at Levera.
It is understood that the illegal substance, which carries an estimated street value of EC$637, 308 was found concealed inside several plastic bags inside a water tank on the property.
The Police Prosecution team, which was led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Godfrey Victor, strongly objected to bail for Joel McLean, who he argued is currently on a suspended 2 year sentence for a previous drug offence.
ASP Victor also told the court that Joel has a separate drug matter pending before the court, dating back to earlier this year for Intention to Supply a quantity of drugs.
Attorney Gill, who indicated to the court that he had a defense to put forward on behalf of his client as he made the bail application for his clients.
He reminded the court that bail should not be used as a form of punishment but to ensure that the suspects return to court whenever the matter comes up for hearing, and that his clients are innocent until proven guilty.
After much deliberation, Magistrate Noel took the decision to grant Joel bail in the sum of $150, 000 with 2 sureties, while Elma, Olivia, Hensley and Keston were each granted bail in the lesser sum of $100, 000 with 2 sureties.
As part of their bail conditions, the drug suspects were also ordered to surrender all travel documents and seek the permission of the court to travel out of the state.
The suspects are all due to reappear before the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court on September 27.