No bail for Vincentian caught in drug bust

(GRENADA INFORMER) – A forty-one-year-old St Vincent national, one of four men charged in last Tuesday’s drug bust in the village of Brizan in St George’s has been denied bail.

 Clydon Osbourne, a fisherman by trade who has been residing in Grenada for the past two years was denied bail by Acting Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis at the St. George’s Magistrate Court last Friday, following strong objection to bail from the prosecution side.

Among the grounds advanced by the prosecution, was that Osbourne who hinted to the court that he would be retaining the services of defence lawyer Arley Gill to look after his interest, has several matters pending before the court for similar offences, the prosecution is concerned that if granted bail there is a strong possibility that he would either re-offend or even flee the jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Osbourne’s co-accused Shakim Blackman a thirty-two-year-old taxi driver from Grand Anse, Roland Parkes a thirty-two-year-old labourer from the Carenage in St George’s and Nicholas Hinds a thirty-two-year-old bartender from Beaulieu were all granted bail for eighty-five thousand dollars with two sureties. They were assisted in court by defence lawyer Francis Paul.

 All four men were charged with trafficking a controlled drug, however, according to police reports an additional charge for possession of a controlled drug was subsequently slapped on Hinds.

 The men were arrested just before 4 am on Monday when two vehicles appearing to be travelling in a convoy were intercepted by officers attached to the Anti-Drug Squad.

 According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, Parkes, Blackman and Osbourne who were occupying one of the vehicles were taken into police custody shortly after the vehicle was stopped by the police, Hinds, believed to be the drive of the second vehicle fled the scene. He was eventually caught days after.

Sources said a search carried out on one of the vehicles unearthed some 134 lbs. of compressed marijuana, the value of which is in the region of EC$304,899.

 With all four men charged with trafficking, if found guilty they face the maximum sentence of life in prison. Additionally, under the recently launched Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court sentencing guideline, any drug-related charges with a value of over $500 carry a custodial sentence.

 All four men are expected to make their second court appearance on Monday, February 2nd.

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