August 6, 2020

Trinidad: $6m bail for two women charged in drug bust

(GUARDIAN TT) The fam­i­lies of Krys­tiana Sankar and Yan­nis Peb­bles Au­gus­tine, the two women ar­rest­ed and charged in last week’s $3.8 mil­lion dol­lar drug bust at Re­gent Gar­dens, West­moor­ings, will have to find six mil­lion dol­lars each to bail them out.

Sankar and Au­gus­tine reap­peared along­side Aru­ba Eligon and Jer­von Cole be­fore Mag­is­trate Aden Stroude in court on Monday.

Eligon was de­nied bail out­right as this mat­ter was his third drug-re­lat­ed charge. Cole, whose on­ly pre­vi­ous brush­es with the law had been road traf­fic of­fences, was al­so not grant­ed bail as the court could not prove he lived at the two ad­dress­es he had giv­en.

He then gave a third ad­dress where he said he lived with his girl­friend, which is to be ver­i­fied. He will reap­pear next Mon­day.

The bail rul­ing was de­liv­ered at around 2.15 pm with Au­gus­tine break­ing down in tears as she was called by the Mag­is­trate.

The four were ar­rest­ed last Tues­day fol­low­ing a raid at Apart­ment 1 at Re­gent Gar­dens, West­moor­ings, by a Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team of the Trinidad and To­ba­go Po­lice Ser­vice.

Some $3.8 mil­lion dol­lars worth of drugs ($3.4 mil­lion in mar­i­jua­na and $400,000 in co­caine) were seized in the bust.

The ac­cused were joint­ly charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­jua­na and co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing. Sankar was al­so charged with pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

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