Two men had their day in court at the Grenville Magistrate Court last Monday with one sentenced to a one-year jail term while the other was granted bail on a number of drug related offenses.
Victor Charles a 54-year-old fisherman and father of seven was sentenced to a year in prison and on his release he is expected to pay a fine of thirty five thousand dollars. Failing to pay the fine within eight months of his release hr would go back to jail for two years.
Charles had one previous conviction in 2012 when he was fined five thousand dollars.
Charles recently completed a four-year jail term in St Vincent and has a pending matter in Carriacou related to three hundred pounds marijuana. The two men, Charles and Jamol Ross of Happy Hill St George both appeared before Magistrate Nevelyn John at the Grenville Magistrate Court last Wednesday and had the drug related charges read to them. Charles was charged with possession of a controlled drug to which he pleaded guilty, he was also charged with drug trafficking to which he pleaded guilty and importing a controlled drug to which he also pleaded guilty.
Ross was charged with conspiring with Victor to traffic in a controlled drug and pleaded not guilty. He pleaded guilty to conspiring with Victor and other persons to import a controlled drug. Ross was granted twenty thousand dollars bail with two sureties; he is to report to the Central Police Station once a week between the hours of 9am and 4pm, he is to surrender all his travel documents and is not permitted to travel without permission. He is to return to court on February 24.
Charles was sentenced to one year on each of his three charges but they will run concurrently.
According to prosecutors the men were in a white vessel outside Marquis when they were spotted during a police operation and the Grenada Coast Guard was contacted. When the coast guard intercepted them one of the men jumped over board, swam ashore and ran. The boat which later turned out to be captained and owned by Ross was taken to the Grenville jetty with its contents. The accused men were taken to the Grenville Police Station and the drugs which was found in a duffel bag was weighed in their presence and amounted to eighty pounds, carrying a street value of one hundred and eighty one thousand, four hundred and forty dollars. The men were interviewed and Charles claimed ownership of the drugs.
Ross was represented by attorney Peter David who was however not in court for sentencing while Charles told the court that Andre Thomas was supposed to have represented him.