Two out of five men captured in a weekend drug bust in Palmiste in St John’s that netted 171lbs of marijuana with a street value of just under $400,000.00 have been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison.
Kelvin Jones, a 32 year old metal worker from Beaton in St David’s and Derrick Aberdeen a 54 year-old fisherman from the village of Telescope in St Andrew’s were both remanded by Magistrate Karen Noel presiding at the Sauteurs Magistrate’s Court Tuesday, on the grounds that they might be flight risks, both having strong connections in neighboring St. Vincent and the Grenadines and visit the island on a regular basis.
The other three men caught in the early Sunday morning raid Kevon Alexander 26 year-old electrician from the Limes in Grand Anse, Avinel Antoine a 30-year –old construction worker from Fontenoy in St. George’s and Timothy Thomas 38 year-old shopkeeper of Frequente in St. Georges were all placed on $50,000.00 bail with two sureties. Part of the bail condition, the men were asked to surrender all travel documents and report to a nearby police station twice weekly.
All five men, represented in court by defense lawyer Peter David, are facing charges of Possession, Trafficking and Doing an Act Purporting to a Controlled Drug and are expected to make their second court appearance on October 6th 2015.
According information reaching the Grenada Informer the five were captured early Sunday when officers attached to the Drug Squad and the Gouyave Police Station, acting on special intelligence moved in on what appeared to be an exchange drug deal on the Palmiste Beach.
Sources told the Informer the men attempted to escape but the getaway vehicle was block by armed police officers. Although the five men captured were all Grenadians, sources said there is a strong likelihood that a boat was used in getting the drug to the beach. Informer was however told that no boat was seized or seen by the police officers conducting the operation.
If found guilty of possession of a controlled drug the accused men can be sentenced to fifteen years in prison while persons found guilty of trafficking can be sentenced to life in prison; a two hundred a fifty thousand dollar fine can also be attached.