Ronald Thomas a 33 years old citizen of Grenada along with 29 years old Reynold Humphrey from the village of Lauders here in St. Vincent have been busted by the local Coast Guard for possession of approximately 356 pounds of marijuana on November 13th, 2017 when they attempted to smuggle the illegal drugs out of the country via a speed boat in the Owia sea waters.
The two men were reportedly intercepted by the Coast Guard who was on routine sea patrol on the date in question.
As a result, the duo was arrested and taken to the coast guard base at Calliaqua where they were handed over to the officers from the Narcotic Division who formerly charged them for the offence of possession of the illegal substance with intent to supply to another, for the purpose of drug trafficking and attempt to export.
Thomas and Humphrey were on Tuesday, November 14th, escorted to the Kingstown Magistrate Court before Senior Magistrate Bertie Pompey facing the charges. Thomas pleaded guilty to the charges while Humphrey maintained his innocence.
The Senior Magistrate placed Humphrey on bail in the sum of $20,000.00 with one surety. Prosecutor Inspector Elgin Richards made an application to the Court to have the matter transferred to the Serious Offences Court for further directions.
When both men appeared on Wednesday November 15th before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne, Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delpheche informed her that the Prosecution will proceed against Humphrey and his matter was adjourned to January 29th, 2018.
Thomas would know his fate on Thursday November 16th when the sentence would be imposed upon him.