Police in Grenada have handed over to their counterparts in neighbouring St. Vincent & The Grenadines a man who was wanted there for murder.
“Joel Gary Barker, a national of St Vincent and the Grenadines, was captured during an operation conducted by officers attached to the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) in the Telescope area of St. Andrew.
Barker was charged by local police with possession of a controlled drug, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and illegally entering the state.
However, a police spokesman said that despite the charges, the suspect will be deported “because he is wanted for a very serious crime”.
“We have since learned that he is a wanted man in his homeland and we will be making the necessary arrangements to have him return,” the police reported.
The Drug Squad reportedly seized thousands of pounds of marijuana on the Telescope beach.
On Wednesday, he appeared before a magistrate in Grenada who granted a removal order.
Barker was removed from Grenada to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday.
Last Wednesday, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ police chief, Colin John told journalists in Kingstown that Barker had been nabbed in Grenada.
John said: “On the weekend, we received information that the suspect was apprehended in Grenada. We are making efforts to get him from Grenada. I spoke to the Commissioner of Police in Grenada, so we are making efforts to get him back to St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
Vincentian police had issued a wanted bulletin for Barker, who was wanted in connection with the murder of Kareem Bowens, 23.
It’s reported that Barker, also known as “Bodown” and “Platinum”, is wanted in connection with the murder of Bowens, 23, who died at the Union Island Hospital – on Union Island in St Vincent and the Grenadines, on October 3 after receiving a single gunshot wound to his chest.
The incident occurred near a shop on the southern Grenadine island.