A twenty-seven-year-old St Patrick’s resident who appeared in court last Friday on charges linking him to last Tuesday’s million-dollar drug bust in the north of the island has been remanded to prison.
Kevin Phillip aka Ghatt, originally from Levera in St Patrick’s currently residing on the sister isles of Carriacou had no legal representation when he made his first court appearance before Magistrate Taheria Gellineau at the St George’s Magistrate Court on Friday, he is facing charges of trafficking and importing a controlled drug.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer Phillip was arrested just before midnight last Tuesday following a massive drug bust on the high seas to the north of the island by members of the Drug Squad attached to Carriacou Division and the Grenada Coast Guard.
Sources told this newspaper the joint operation, which was launched through special intelligence, intercepted a small wooden boat allegedly coming from St Vincent with some sixteen bags containing compressed marijuana.
Informer learned that the herb, still a banned drug on the law books in Grenada totaled 746lbs with a street value of one million, seven hundred thousand, one hundred and twelve Eastern Caribbean dollars.
At the time of the arrest, Informer learned, the blue wooden boat had just one occupant in the person of Phillip who was at the time en route to mainland Grenada.
Phillip was taken into police custody and was subsequently charged. During his first appearance before the court last Friday he was denied bail and remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison. He is expected to make a second court appearance on Tuesday January 21st.
Based on the charge now leveled against him, if convicted, Phillip faces a maximum life in prison on the charge of trafficking; he can also be fined three times the value of the drug for which he is now charge.