A thirty-five-year-old man from the village of La Fillette in St Andrew’s, arrested on the Carenage in St George’s last Saturday and subsequently slapped with four counts of drug-related charges has been placed on sixty thousand dollars bail with two sureties.
Magistrate Taheria Gellineau presiding at the # 2 Magistrate Court in St George’s on Monday ruled in favor of a bail request for accused man Nelon Niles made by defense lawyer Arley Gill despite strong objections from the prosecution bench, amidst claims that Niles could be a flight risk, given the fact that he is employed as a seaman.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, Niles was arrested by officers attached to the Drug Squad who sources say was guided by specific intelligence.
Information indicates that Niles who operated the crane on board a cargo vessel that plies the Grenada/Trinidad route was intercepted by officers, moments after getting off the boat that was docked on the Carenage in St. George’s. Reports say that a search was carried out on Niles when a discovery of the banned drugs cocaine and marijuana was made.
According to information coming from the court on Monday, the drugs consisted 11.3 grams of cocaine valued at $11,300.00 and marijuana valued at $535 dollars.
Niles faces two counts of trafficking the controlled drug cocaine and two counts of trafficking the controlled drug marijuana. He is expected to make his second court appearance on December 2018.
Meanwhile, if convicted, on all four counts, Niles could be fined three times the value of the drugs for which he was caught or face a lengthy prison term.