One out of three men caught in last Wednesday’s drug bust in the Levara area in St Patrick’s that netted some one hundred and seventy-four pounds of marijuana was denied bail, his co-accused placed on one hundred thousand dollars bail.
Allie Charles, a resident of Mt Rose in the parish of St Patrick, will remain behind bars until his next court date, as a request to have bail posted in his favour was turned down by Magistrate Karen Noel during Wednesday’s sitting of the St David’s Magistrate Court.
Charles, together with Roy Jones from River Road in St George’s and Hamid Richardson from the village of Mt Rich in St Patrick’s all appeared before Magistrate Noel on drug-related charges after officers attached to the Drug Squad intercepted the Rav 4 vehicle in which they were travelling and found two bags containing the banned drug marijuana.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, the incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The men were moving away from the Levera Beach area when they ran into law enforcement officers.
Sources told this newspaper that while the officers did not see where the drug was collected, there are widespread speculations that it was part of an exchange operation and left on the beach by a boat in the early hours of Wednesday to await collection.
All three men have been charged with possession and trafficking a controlled drug.
During their brief stint in court on Monday there was a request from defence lawyer Arley Gill to have all three men placed on bail, however, with firm objection from the prosecution concerning Charles, he was denied bail.
Bail was however posted for Jones and Richardson in the sum of $100,000.00 each with two sureties. Both men are required to seek the court’s permission if there is a need to travel out of Grenada.
With the narcotics carrying a street value over five hundred thousand dollars, all three face fines three times the value of the drugs, or prison time over fifteen years if found guilty on both charges. The men are expected back in court in September.