Three men, among them the leader of a political party in the recently held general election and a popular disc jockey on one of the leading FM stations in Grenada, charged in connection with last week’s drug bust at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) have been granted bail.
The three, 34 year-old Basil Williams of Belmont St George’s, Political Leader of the Progressive Party and strong advocate for the liberalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 26 year-old Radio disc jockey Brian “Jabba” Charles from St. Mark’s and Branford Thomas also of St Mark’s were granted bail by chief Magistrate Tamara Gill on Tuesday when they made their first court appearance at the St. George’s number one Magistrate Court.
All three were slapped with the summary charges of conspiracy to traffic a controlled drug last Friday following the discovery of $34, 000.00 worth of compressed marijuana by customs officials in a barrel at the MBIA.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, Charles went to the Customs department in an attempt to clear a barrel, which was addressed to Williams. However, we were told, as customs officers began revealing the contents of the barrel the disc jockey left the scene, leaving the barrel behind.
According to sources, the Drug Squad was called in and Charles and Williams were both taken into police custody. Informer further learned that the third man charged, Thomas, who resides in the United States and was due to return last Sunday after the end of his vacation in Grenada was also taken into police custody and subsequently charged later that day.
During their brief stint in court on Monday Police Prosecutor Inspector Charles raised no objection, however his suggestion that certain conditions be put in place was granted.
Bail was therefore set for all three in the sum of fifteen thousand dollars with two sureties. They were ordered to surrender all travel documents and report to different police stations between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm every Monday and Friday.
All three are due to return to court on May 24th.