A St. John's resident captured by police during a drug raid in the village of Non-Pariel in St Mark last Wednesday has been denied bail and now awaits his next court date from behind the walls of the Richmond Hill Prison.
Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill presiding at the St Georges Number One Magistrate Court on Tuesday overruled a request by defence Counsel Davis to have his client Jonathan Richards placed on bail on charges linking him to trafficking and the importation of some 177 pounds of the banned drug marijuana into Grenada.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, Richards was among three men aboard a small eighty-horsepower fishing boat that attempted to offload the drugs in the village of Non-Pariel when offices attached to the Grenada Coat Guard and Drug Squad intercepted them.
Sources told the Informer two of the men jumped into the water and escaped the hands of the police while Richards was captured and the boat and the marijuana confiscated.
During Tuesday’s sitting, the court noted that Richards was no stranger to the law, having had nineteen previous convictions, some of which were for similar offences. In addition, it was said that only in March of this year, Richards was released from prison after serving a sentence for an unrelated offence.
Meanwhile, sources told the Informer that lawmen have since gone on the lookout for the two escapees related to this incident one of who is believed to be the captain of the boat now in police custody. Police believe that last Wednesday’s operation was part of a wider network of drug trading between individuals from Grenada and the neighbouring nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Richard is expected to make his second court appearance on Friday, September 29th at the Gouyave Magistrate Court.