Deportee in trouble with the law

Forty-five year old Alvin Franklyn of Grand Bay was slapped with an EC$7,500.00 fine after he pleaded guilty to possession of Cocaine and possession with intent to supply the drug.

Franklyn was arrested by the police at the Grand Bay bus stop in Roseau on May 12, 2012 at about 11am with 28 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of EC$1,800.00.

The drugs were found in his pocket by the police.

Franklyn was deported to Dominica from the United States in 1998 after serving a one year prison term.

He is also a repeat drugs offender.

His lawyer Joshua Francis asked the court not to impose a custodial sentence on him since he had not wasted the court’s time and pleaded guilty to the offence and the amount was “small.”

Chief Magistrate Evalina Baptiste fined him EC$2,500.00 for possession to be paid by August 31, 2012.

He goes to jail for six months if he fails to meet that deadline.

For possession with intent he was fined EC$5,000.00 to be paid by October 31, 2012, failing which he’ll serve 8 months jail time.

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50 Comments

  1. X5
    May 22, 2012

    28 grams id not valued at 1800 … i think the value of drugs should not be so exaggerated .. and ounce goes for $800 … i was just reading another story where 27 grams was valued at $500 … so according to these wildly estimated values one more gram more than tripples the value ? where’s the logic in that ?

  2. Mr. Gouty
    May 15, 2012

    The law should force them to tell who gave them or where they bought the drug and if they cant, jale them for 75 years. to many good people have have been spolt by dugs and all drug is bad it could be simmien contwa jale them.

  3. Wiseup
    May 15, 2012

    IS BEST GOVERNMENT JUST LEGALIZE D HERB WI, CUZ IT SEEMS IS DRUGS THAT BRINGING IN MONEY TO THE COUNTRY. I GUESS THATS QUICK MONEY TOO RIGHT. DO A DRUG MOVEMENT AND PAY THE COURT A LIKKLE SEVEN GRAN…..HAHAHAHHA REAL SINE

  4. May 15, 2012

    :twisted: so :twisted:

  5. LIMINGLUCY
    May 15, 2012

    I THINK I FINALLY FIGURED OUT WHY CRIME IS INCREASING IN DA….THE LAWYERS ARE THE PROBLEM, I KNOW THE POLICE DO A GOOD JOB…..

  6. Dave Thomas
    May 15, 2012

    To pay the fine he will rob or burglarize! He is, in fact, wasting everyone’s time! Jail!

    • Justice and Truth
      May 16, 2012

      @ Dave Thomas

      I thought of this. Where will he get that amount of money unless he has some stashed away. He should be immediately imprisoned for a certain amount of time. Get it over and done with. Hopefully, this should teach him a lesson.

  7. Da Woman
    May 15, 2012

    Wait a while- a man at a bus stop and they decide to search him- is that how it is? Are you telling me it is done randomly or are they keeping eyes on people?

    Once again GrandBay- I am not a shame to say my family comes from GranBay but I think the police force have a thing for GrandBay.

    Viva GrandBay

    • Joe
      May 15, 2012

      Is marijuana they were looking for, but de fool happen to have coke, I bet they were dissapointed but that coke ting have to be stopped.

    • Justice and Truth
      May 16, 2012

      @ Da Woman

      Keep in mind he is a deportee. The Police is aware who was deported to Dominica; or I hope they do. This may be the reason why he was searched. They are keeping an eye on the deportees.
      I recall reading last year on this Website that a Police stated when they are deported to DA they will know who they are; words to that effect. I did question what plans do they have to ensure that deportees are not out in mainstream Dominica upon their return.

    • Black Nobility
      May 16, 2012

      Yeah that’s how it’s done, Sad to say as a former officer. Of course not here. I saw it and i was amazed. Really living up to the NO LAW OR CONSTITUTION phrase.

  8. Hate drugs
    May 15, 2012

    Let me understand this he goes to jail if he cannot pay the fine? Boy Dominica sweet and backward………. What about pay a fine and still go to jail…PAY OR NOT

  9. watt la
    May 14, 2012

    Don’t take pleasure harassing the Grand Bay people but search all.

  10. Think About It
    May 14, 2012

    At fourty-five he has not come to grip. Guess what? He’ll NEVER change sorry, just another looser.Such waste of oxygen poor mother.

  11. May 14, 2012

    while we in Dominica tolerating criminals giving them an inch to take it up to a foot, they do not tolerate them in the USA, serve you time and deport back to your country or your parents country

    • Justice and Truth
      May 14, 2012

      @ Jones

      Throughout the years the U.S. and other progressive countries have had an influx of immigrants. Some came as refugees by plane and boatloads; others overstayed their visit and among them, some resorted to a life of crime.
      I read on an On-Line Website that U.S. immigrant population hits record of 40 million. Some of them are not employed and are on social welfare.
      Another reason as you may know for deporting them is to get rid of them and that it will not cost the government any more money.
      Some of them who are deported get a defense lawyer at taxpayer’s expense. The Court case lingers on and on. I read in an ethnic newspaper in Toronto that some of them are successful to obtain landed status, i.e., if they have a good lawyer, on condition I suppose that they did not commit murder or were involved in illegal drugs.
      Those young men are not smart. They had the opportunity to be in the U.S. and they blew it through committing illegal activities. They could have obtained a job, be landed and live a law-abiding life and later become a citizen. It is too bad that they are deported to Dominica and continue their life of crime.
      Let it be known that the U.S. and Canadian governments have been patient with them and given them a good opportunity but they lost it. Crime does not pay. These countries have their share of ample criminals who also got worst through the years. The situation is so bad that new prisons are being built.

  12. Drugs = Murder
    May 14, 2012

    When people are caught selling hard drugs they should be sentenced as Murderers. Crack and Cocaine addicts murder and rape people and drugs dealers are DIRECTLY responsible. When they trick teenager into taking heavy drugs by secretly lacing a harmless life-style drugs like Marijuana with crack, they are committing murder in that they are destroying young lives before they can begin. Cocaine addicts are destroyed for life and never recover from this evil addiction!!

    People — the majority of Crack addicts in Dominica took the drug and either did not know it or were were forced to do so.

    Drug Dealers should be given the Death Sentence!!
    I say off with their heads
    Hang them in the Market Square
    Tar and Feather them on the high street

    Dominica is not so poor that people have to sell hard drugs to survive. There is crawfish in the rivers and yams in the mountains. It is impossible to starve to death in our beloved country.

    • Woodford Hill girl
      May 14, 2012

      Agreed.

    • Justice and Truth
      May 14, 2012

      They also shorten their lives. They die young from using those drugs.

    • Joe
      May 15, 2012

      And better yet Dominica should be turned into an Islamic state??

  13. A Voice
    May 14, 2012

    You see what I mean? He is a deportee; he messed up in another man’s country, they jailed him and sent him home.

    The other day 3 spanish fellas committed burglary in Dominica and no deportation. Boy talk about back to front and upside down.

    Anyways I glad the catch this fella and took the coke off the streets.

    The only way we can be successful in this drug trade is by destroying our competitors and our customers. That is just too many lives to be accountable for man…

    • Justice and Truth
      May 16, 2012

      @ A Voice

      You need to know the facts especially if you do not reside in other big countries. Generally, some of them who committed burglary may not be deported even though they are imprisoned and this is if they legally have landed status. Some of them have abused women and also have had traffic violations. People could be charged and imprisoned for disturbing the peace. It all depends on the types of crimes.
      Yet, as I have read, some have been fortunate to obtain landed status with the help of their lawyer. There is a process to be followed. They could be granted a temporary reprieve for a certain period on condition they do not re-offend. If they do not adhere to it they will be deported.
      The problem these days is that governments of other countries are experiencing economical woes. They have been too generous in previous years. Today, they are concentrating on bringing down the deficit from their overspending. The result is that anyone and anything to decrease spending. We in Canada of all are paying for it from government spending cuts. Expect the situation to grow worse. Those who migrate to other countries must ensure that they live law-abiding lives.
      Based on present circumstances do not expect governments of those countries to be lenient with those who are especially not landed immigrants and are criminals.

    • Justice and Truth
      May 16, 2012

      @ A Voice

      I gave this a further thought. You do have a point. If they are not landed and commit burglaries they should be deported.
      Recall the Haitian man who exceeded his stay and the magistrate ordered him to leave Dominica. He was a hard-working person. He had a barber shop. Was it in Grand Bay? He did not steal.
      I thought that the magistrate was heartless. If people commit such crimes and while not landed of all, they should be deported.
      I do believe that sometimes those magistrates are not fair and lack good judgment. They need to re-evaluate their handing down of sentences.

  14. QC
    May 14, 2012

    DNO HIS NAME IS ALVIN ALEXANDER

  15. May 14, 2012

    IT HURT ME SO MUCH WHEN I SEE DOMINICANS WHO SAY THEY LIVING DOMINICA BECAUSE DOMINICA HAVE NO JOBS . BUT WHEN THEY REACH THEIR DESTINATION THEY DO ALL THE WRONG THINGS.IT SEEM TO ME THAT IS WHAT HE WAS DOING IN THE
    U.S.A THAT`S WHY HE WAS DEPORTED.
    NOW WHEN SOME DOMINICAN SEE~S HIM THEY WILL SAY IS BECAUSE DOMINICA HAVE NO JOBS BUT HERE HE WAS LIVING IN THE U.S .
    I`M LIVING IN THE U.S FOR AWHILE NOW. ALL I SEE WAS OPPORTUNITY WHEN I GOT OFF THAT PLANE.

    • May 14, 2012

      Too bad for the Dominica authority if they do not want to deport foreign criminals

      The government of Dominica should do the same and deport all foreign people committing crime in DA back to their country, he is a born Dominican he have every right to be deported back to DA

      In the USA no one object when it comes to deporting criminals back to their countries

    • Justice and Truth
      May 14, 2012

      @ hurting

      You are generalizing. Be advised, not all Dominicans. Many Dominicans have done well in those countries and do not have a Police crime record. Among my associates, I know of no one who is or was involved in crime. If I knew anyone who is involved in a life of crime, I surely would not associate with them.
      Those who get into such trouble it is because they associate with bad company and are weak of spirit.
      There are those who will not listen to others who discipline and counsel them as also their parents and other family members, for their own benefit. They do not know how to stay away from trouble and bad company. Once they associate with them it will be difficult to avoid them.
      Some of our West Indian young men in Toronto have been murdered because they tried to live a law-abiding life. There is help for them but the bad ones get angry and seek them out and murder them.
      Sadly, Toronto has lost many young men who live a life of crime including drugs. They have gangs and turf. One was murdered last week; a drive-by shooting. When we think this killing spree is stopped, we hear of yet another murder.
      There are sometimes drive-by shooting which has killed some innocent people, even small children. This City/Country is not what it was in previous years. However, not all Dominicans are the same. People are from different backgrounds and some had good parenting and vice versa. There are those who did not sway away from good parenting.
      You know the saying, “There but for the grace of God go I.”

    • TT Angry
      May 16, 2012

      They go to America and sit down in people house. Don’t want to work or pay bills. That is why they get in problem with the law in the U.S.

  16. Eggleston
    May 14, 2012

    The government is too lenient on these deportees, if a deportee has a 3 year jail sentence in a foreign country and then deported to Dominica. The government should then let this individual serve an additional 3 years in prison and pay a fine as soon as he gets of the plain. Upon his release, he should then be monitored and have him sign in to a police station every so often. This is taking precautionary measures and by so doing, it will help to bring down crime. This is not rocket science Mr. PM; this is just simple common sense. Read these comments on DNO, you might get some good ideas.

    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2012

      @Eggleston I do not condone criminal acts but what rock you are living under. Are you serious? Careful what you wish for it just might come true. WOW!!!

      Do you have children or a pet? and people are supporting you on this?

      I hope you never get make any decisions where people’s life or future depends on you.

      There are ANIMALS WHO EAT THEIR YOUNG ONES

      • Justice and Truth
        May 14, 2012

        @ Anonymous

        Please read between the lines of what Eggleston stated.

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      • En Ba La
        May 14, 2012

        Let it be known that I am not anonymous I am trying to post forgot to enter my name. :(

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    • En Ba La
      May 14, 2012

      @Eggleston 8-O
      Are you serious? Are there people supporting you on this? This is not common sense -this is just plain stupidity on your part. Careful what you wish for. Do you children?

      We must stop those nonsensical type of talk. You are sounding ridiculous – read what you typed and think about it. Running from the law is different.

      I hope you are not in any position where people’s life or future depends on you.

      Wow!!! interesting. You are ANTI- your own people this much.

      I am in no way supporting criminals but this does not make sense.

      • Justice and Truth
        May 14, 2012

        @ En Ba La

        This was Eggleston’s opinion. This is how the person feels. I do agree that the deportees should not be allowed out in the streets as soon as they arrive in DA. Last year I wrote about this on this Website. I would like to find out from the government/Police authorities what plans they have established when the deportees arrive in DA.
        The government of the country from which they are deported and also the DA government should have an agreement that they would be incarcerated for a while and receive some sort of help. It would be for their benefit, that of Dominica and nationals.

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    • Woodford Hill girl
      May 14, 2012

      So I missed something here,what would be the reason for the fine and the additional three years prison time again? sorry I’m kinda slow,dont get me wrong I’m super anti drug I’m just confused!

      • Justice and Truth
        May 14, 2012

        @ Woodford Hill girl

        It may not be feasible but it is a good idea that the deportees may learn something good. Keep in mind they are criminals. In any case they should be incarcerated for a while and receive some sort of assistance to enable them to assimilate back into mainstream Dominica and hopefully be law-abiding. Surely, you should be able to comprehend this.

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    • Justice and Truth
      May 14, 2012

      @ Eggleston

      You have made some good points. I thought that the Dominica Police authorities would follow-up and keep a tab on those deportees. In fact, they should be housed in a center when they arrive and debriefed and counseled. It appears that the DA authorities have yet to do something about that. They must understand that when they are deported they will be angry people. It is known that they are deported and they may not be able to get a job. Therefore, they become a menace to society and continue a life of crime. This is where the government comes in. The deportees should not be allowed out at large, at least, not for a while until they are counseled and the authorities are satisfied that they could function as law-abiding people. They should also be helped educationally and to obtain employment. If you reside in DA, please address your concerns to the appropriate government minister and may he/she listen, pay heed and do something about it. The situation is crucial.

      • En Ba La
        May 15, 2012

        @Justice and Truth
        If the person has not done anything which warrant them being arrested – why put them in jail after being deported and serving time in another country. Unless if the person had/has some pending matter in Dominica. For as much as I do not like drug dealers and I am not condoning criminal acts – I see this as just not being right.

        Monitoring these people is all there is to it – BUT WHO PAYS AND HOW – China.

        NO matter what, your country is your HOME and I do not see why one has to be penalized by their own country and government after being penalized by another.

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      • Eggleston
        May 15, 2012

        @Justice and Truth

        Thank you whoever you are, I am just stating some simeple points and expressing my opinion. It is a good idea to hold these people for a while and monitor them after they are released for a while. It is simple as that. Thank you.

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    • BEE
      May 15, 2012

      I DON’T CONDONE CRIMINALS BUT PLEASE LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

      • Justice and Truth
        May 16, 2012

        @ BEE

        In what manner?

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    • I'mWondering
      May 15, 2012

      Sometimes, you guys seem to forget that we are talking about humans who have rights.

      First off – if they served their time in the foreign land before being deported – they should in no way serve time for a crime they did not commit in Dominica. This would be a violation of their rights. However- if they agreement was extradition to serve time in the Dominican jail, that’s different.

      What I do agree with, is that there should be some check and balance system in control where they are monitored…but not violated. After all, we all are entitled to rights within limits, and as criminals, they can still have rights – but within limits. This would in turn give the police the right to monitor these criminals.

      So, instead of just calling for a violation of their human rights, we should call on the government to impose some sort of system where deportees are monitored. No automatically imprisoned for no wrong doing – but monitored and assisted in getting reintroduced to the Dominican way of life.

      • En Ba La
        May 15, 2012

        @I’mWondering THANK YOU!!

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      • Justice and Truth
        May 16, 2012

        @ I’m wondering

        It is not a violation of their human rights. It is called protecting national residents for their peace and safety even their lives. Ever thought of that?

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      • I'mWondering
        May 16, 2012

        @ Justice and Truth … i guess you missed the part about being “entitled to rights within limits” – this is where the implenentation is need to have the police monitor the.

        Arresting someone for not committing a crime is wrong, or reimprisoning them to serve time already served – IS A VIOLATION OF THEIR RIGHTS.

        I’m not saying that there should NOT be a system in place.

        I’m opposed to anyone being profiled or targetted without just cause or reasonable cause; just because they were an offender in another island.

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  17. smh
    May 14, 2012

    Grandbay have maleh papa

    • Justice and Truth
      May 14, 2012

      @ smh

      All of you from Grand Bay should pray for your village and pray for those criminals.

      • smh
        May 15, 2012

        AM NOT NO WHERE CLOSE TO GRANDBAY.NOT MY VICINITY,I WAS JUST SAYING….

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    • Justice and Truth
      May 16, 2012

      @ smh

      Nevertheless, we are obligated to pray for everyone in whatever part of the world we reside and whatever part of the world they reside. Most of all our country wherever we may reside. God expects this from us. Let us pray for our country and for the entire world. A short, simple daily pray will do. God hears those prayers. In His time, He will do with them as He so wills. God bless you!

  18. dominician in vi
    May 14, 2012

    well sah them man need to stop it, so much drugs on the island, am a proud grandbarian but them man does over every timesothey holdin sombody from grandbay, it look like there allthe drugs is.

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