Three of the four men netted in a one million dollar drug bust on Hog Island in the south of the Island, on Thursday, has been granted bail in the sum of two hundred thousand dollars, while a fourth accused was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison.
Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill presiding at the Number One Magistrate Court in St. George’s on Tuesday where all four men appeared for the first time, had bail granted to Craig Messiah, Clinton Braithwaite and Abijah Davis in the sum of $200,000.00 with two sureties. All three men from the village of Woburn in St Georges are to surrender all their travel documents and report to the South St George Police Station between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm. In addition, they are required to seek the court’s permission in the event that they need to travel outside of Grenada.
Meanwhile, the fourth accused Kimei Richardson from the sister isle of Carriacou a man who was portrayed as no stranger to the court, having been recently placed on bail for a similar offence and has a number of matters pending before the court was denied bail. The magistrate favoured the prosecution’s reason for objecting to bail in that there is a likelihood of him committing a similar offence.
All four men represented in court by defence counsels Francis Alexis and Anselm Clouden were arrested in the early hours of Thursday on board a small fishing boat in the Woburn area. The lawmen are alleging that all four are linked to the seizure of 10 kilograms of cocaine found on Hog Island moments after the men were taken into police custody, with an estimated street value of EC$ 1,126,500.00.
Last Thursday’s operation, which was carried out jointly by officers attached to the Special Services Unit, Rapid Response Unit, the Drug Squad and Coast Guard was part of a special police operation aimed at stamping out the entry of illegal drugs on the island.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, the drugs were found buried in a shallow grave on the island in a number of sealed plastics bags.
Meanwhile, the fishing boat involved in the operation believed to be the property of a Woburn resident is presently in police custody and could be used as material evidence in getting to the bottom of the police case.
This newspaper was also privy to information that suggests that Thursday’s drug bust might have uncovered what has been dubbed an ongoing drug ring of some vintage in the south of the island.
During Tuesday’s brief stint in court, the prosecution hinted to the court that they are proceeding indictable on all charges, which includes possession and trafficking of the controlled drug cocaine.
If convicted, all four men face fines three times the value of the drug in addition to jail time that could span in excess of twenty years.