Three men slapped with multiple drug related charges as well as a charge of endangering the life of a minor, following a raid in a dwelling house in the village of Mount Tout in Georges last Tuesday, have been granted bail.
Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill last Thursday granted bail in the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars each to three accused men Dwight Richards, Patrick Cornell, both auto mechanics from the village of Mount Tout and Andrell Raeburn from Gouyave as they made their first court appearance at the St George’s Magistrate Court.
All three men are facing charges ranging from Possession and Trafficking of a Controlled Drug, Possession of Equipment fit for the Use of producing or Processing a controlled drug, Permitting premises to be used in the production and processing of a controlled drug and Endangering the life of a minor.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, the operation was carried out by members of the Drug Squad who were at the time acting on specific intelligence.
Informer learned that occupants of the house were actually caught processing the banned drug, crack cocaine, when the officers raided. The men we were told attempted to get rid of the evidence by throwing the liquid to the ground, however sources said that the officers were skilled enough to retrieve sufficient, which they hope would stand test as evidence in court. The street value of the quantity of drug that made it to the court was given at EC. $8000.00. The endangering the life of a minor charge stemmed from the fact that there was an infant in the room where the drug was being processed. All charges laid would be handled summarily at the magistrate court.
Sources told this newspaper that the lawmen are of the view that last week’s raid represented a serious dent in drug operations in the south of the island since some of the equipment confiscated in the process, are specifically designed for the processing of cocaine into various forms.
Meanwhile during their brief stint in court last Thursday, the men represented by different counsels; Peter David in the case of Connell and Richards, and Francis Williams in the case of Raeburn had no difficulties securing bail as prosecution raised no objection to a request by defense lawyers and therefore bail was posted at $25,000.00 each with two sureties.
All three men are due back in court on September 5th.