Police continue to battle against illegal drug pushers in the country with a recent haul of over $EC 400, 000.00 worth of cocaine and marijuana in two separate operations on the island.
A resident from Woodlands in St. George’s was arrested for being in possession of $200, 000 worth of cocaine and is currently on bail.
Two other young St. George’s residents were brought on Tuesday before Magistrate Teddy St. Louis, at the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court in the northern parish of St. John to face drug-related charges.
The Woodlands man who was identified as Anthony Griffith appeared before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau in the St. George’s No .2 Magistrate’s Court and was granted bail in the sum of EC$100, 000 after police nabbed him on the weekend in connection with the discovery of EC$200, 000.00 worth of cocaine.
Magistrate Gellineau granted bail to the 41-year-old man also known as ‘Lane,’ when he appeared before her on an indictable charge of drug Trafficking.
He was represented by criminal defense Attorney-at-Law George Prime, who secured bail for him, in spite of the Prosecution’s request for Griffith to be remanded to the Richmond Hill prison.
The Police Prosecution team, led by Police Constable (PC) Bing Joseph, objected to bail for the drug-accused on the grounds that the lawmen are still investigating the matter and it is likely that more persons will be arrested and charged in connection with the matter.
However, Attorney Prime cited legal premise, reminding the court of his client’s right to bail and presumption of innocence, pending the outcome of the matter.
He contended that Griffith should not be left to suffer at the overcrowded prison, and advanced the arguments that the investigation should have been completed before the charge was laid on him.
Information reaching THE NEW TODAY is that the illegal substance, which weighed a total of two (2) kilograms, was found inside an old refrigerator during a police operation at a house in Calivigny, St. George, during the early hours of February 2.
According to a press statement released by the Community Relations Department (CRD) of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) on Monday, the drug-accused was deemed an “illegal occupant,” of the house where the illegal drugs were found.
THE NEW TODAY understands that Griffith also picked up a summary charge of “Damage to Property” after breaking into the home of a Calivigny family, in his daring attempt to evade police officers who engaged in a chase behind him when he fled the scene.
Griffith was granted bail with two (2) sureties and ordered to report to the South St. George Police Station every Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Magistrate Gellineau also ordered him to have no form of contact with the witnesses and not to enter the property of Curtis Edwards at Calivingy, the one that he allegedly damaged in the run to evade the police.
Griffith’s next court date is May 17.
In the other police operation involving EC$223, 000 worth of ganja, a Beaulieu man and another from Beausejour were apprehended after the drugs were found on a fishing vessel that was intercepted at Mabouya Bay in Palmiste, St. John.
The two have been identified as Paul Parris, a 22-year-old fisherman from Beausejour and Devon Williams, 39, a Mason, who resides at Beaulieu.
Parris and Williams were granted have bail Tuesday by Magistrate St. Louis in the sum of EC$50, 000.00 with two (2) sureties.
The accused men are jointly charged with the Summary offence of Importing a Controlled Drug and Trafficking a Controlled Drug, after police investigators confiscated a quantity of 108 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the fishing trawler they were traveling in during the early morning hours of last week Saturday.
Lawmen have since confiscated the vessel in which the dried plant material, which carries an estimated street value of approximately $223, 000, was found.
Parris has retained the services of Attorney-at-Law Raphael Baptiste, to assist him.
Attorney Baptiste is himself the defendant in a sex-related matter currently pending at the St. George’s Magistrate’s Court.
Attorney-at-law Arley Gill, who has been named by government as the island’ new Ambassador to CARICOM applied for bail on behalf of both drug suspects.
The Police Prosecution did not object to bail.
Magistrate St. Louis ordered Parris and Williams to report to the Central Police Station on The Carenage on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
The suspects are due to reappear before Magistrate St. Louis at the Gouyave Magistrate’s Court on March 29.