Four men from various villages in St Patrick’s, aged 20 to 24, snatched by members of the Drug Squad during a high-speed chase and exchange of gunfire in the River Sallee area in St Patrick’s last Wednesday night have been placed on bail.
The four, Shawn LaBorde from the village of Mt Craven, Jeremy Maitland from La Mode, Erickson Phillip, La Fortune and Ali Charles from the village of Mt Rose were all granted bail on Tuesday by Magistrate Karen Noel as they made their first court appearance at the Sauteurs Magistrate Court.
All four men have been slapped with an indictable charge of trafficking a controlled drug to wit marijuana.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer just over one hundred pounds of marijuana was confiscated by the police following a high-speed chase along the streets of St Patrick.
Sources told the Informer; the car used by the men was the recipient of a number of bullets as the lawmen were forced to defend themselves in an exchange of gunfire. Informer learned that after being forced to stop in the village of River Sallee, the four men were arrested and subsequently charged in connection with trafficking a controlled drug. The street value attached to last Wednesday’s seizure was given at $299,376.00.
During Tuesday’s court sitting prosecution objected to having Ali Charles, one of the four men granted bail, given the fact he is presently on bail for another drug offence.
However, after a lengthy exchange of legal argument between state prosecutor and defence counsel Peter David, the magistrate ruled in favour of the accused.
Charles was then placed on $85,000.00 bail with two sureties. His companions were placed on $75,000.00 bail with two sureties. All four men are required to report to the Sauteurs Police Station every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.
The men return to court on August 22nd when hopefully the preliminary inquiry would begin.