Law enforcement officers have made another breakthrough as they continue to crack down on the illicit drug trade in the country with the arrest of a 35-year-old Conference, St. Andrew man, in connection with the discovery of 28 pounds of marijuana carrying an estimated street value of $63, 505.00.
THE NEW TODAY understands that the suspect, Brendon Sylvan, a fisherman by profession, was apprehended by police officers last week Saturday morning around 11 o’ clock, in the vicinity of Industry, St. Mark, after a search of the vehicle he was traveling in turned up the illegal substance.
It is understood that the drug-accused was coming from an area known as ‘Top Side’ travelling in the direction towards St. George’s, when his vehicle was intercepted by a party of police officers attached to the drug squad, during a stop and search operation in the western parish.
Sylvan was represented by former Attorney General, Attorney Cajeton Hood, when he made his first court appearance before Magistrate Tahira Gellineau at the St. George’s No. 2 Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
The police prosecution team did not object to bail but requested that reporting conditions be attached.
Attorney Hood openly contested in court the “inflated” estimated street value of the quantity of the drugs that was confiscated from his client as indicated to the court by the police.
“I don’t know where the police get their numbers from,” Attorney Hood told the court, noting that the quantities usually come into play when the court is considering bail for drug offences.
The Police Prosecution team used the opportunity to explain exactly how the figures are calculated, explaining that a portion of the illegal drug, weighing approximately five (5) grams would sell for about $5.00.
After hearing the arguments from both sides, Magistrate Gellineau decided to place Sylvan on bail in the sum of $40, 000.00 with one (1) surety.
As part of his bail conditions, the court ordered the accused to report to the Grenville Police Station in St. Andrew every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
The matter is slated for adjudication at the Victoria Magistrate’s Court, which is presided over by Magistrate Teddy St. Louis.
Sylvan is scheduled to make his first appearance before Magistrate St. Louis on June 27.