Three Caught with Ganja worth $1.5 Million

Vincentian McLean Brown – was denied bail

A VINCENTIAN AND THE SON of a former Chairman of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are among a trio caught up in one of the latest marijuana raids in recent weeks by Grenada police.

Kester La Barrie was arrested last week in Vendomme, along with the Vincentian national, McLean Brown and a third man, Gregory Joseph.

According to police, the suspects were intercepted in the Black Forest area, and a search of the two vehicles they were using turned up 658 pounds of marijuana, packaged in plastic wrapping.

Thirty-four year-old La Barrie, whose occupation was given as Labourer, was in high spirits, waving as he walked to court in handcuffs for the first appearance last week Friday.

Among those at the hearing was his father Colin LaBarrie, a former Chairman of the Congress party and now associated with the ruling New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

LaBarrie is from Grand Anse, while forty-seven year old Joseph is from La Borie and gave his occupation as Mason.

The three have been charged with Conspiracy to traffick in a controlled drug, Importing a controlled drug and trafficking a controlled drug.

Kester LaBarrie – waves to family members on his way to court along with alleged co-conspirator
Gregory Joseph

The Vincentian faces an additional charge for entering the country illegally.

The two Grenadians have been granted bail in the amount of $250, 000.00 with two sureties each.

They are to report to the police twice weekly and their travel documents have been confiscated.

Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill did not consider bail for Brown, as a non-National. The twenty-five year old was also without any travel or identification documents.

The street value of the cannabis is estimated at $1.5 million.

The three drug suspects will return to court on March 18.

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