Customs officer and Portsmouth man charged for importation of cannabis


A 31-year-old Customs Officer, Dwight St. Ville of Fond Saint Jean residing at Bagatelle, and Randel Phillip of Lagoon Portsmouth residing at Imperial Road Canefield, now stand charged with the offense of importation of cannabis.

According to the charge preferred against the men by the police, it is alleged that on May 10, 2022, at the Woodbridge Bay Port in Fond Cole, St. Ville and Phillip imported 6,484 grams of cannabis into Dominica.

At their court hearing on May 13, the men opted for a summary trial in the Magistrate’s court and pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Davidson Cadette did not object to bail and Magistrate Pearl Wiliams fixed the bail sum at three times the street value of the cannabis, $60,000.00.
Gina Abraham-Thomas who was holding papers for attorney-at-law Dawn Yearwood Stewart who represents Phillip, put forward a bail application on his behalf and the accused was subsequently released with three bail conditions and his father, Angus Phillip as his surety.

The Portsmouth man is expected to report to the Portsmouth Police Station every Monday and Saturday between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 7:00 p.m. His bail conditions further stipulate that should he change his address, Phillip is to inform the court and the police, 72 hours in advance and should he appear before the court on a similar charge, his bail will be revoked.

St. Ville, on the other hand, was remanded into custody at the Dominica State Prison as his proposed surety was unable to present certain documents required from the court for bail.

After several attempts by his attorneys Wayne Norde and Gina Abraham-Thomas to have their client released, Magistrate Williams said unless the surety was able to meet all of the court’s requirements, she would not grant bail.

She advised the attorneys that a bail application hearing for St. Ville could be entertained  by the court next week.

The matter was adjourned to July 21, 2022, for trial.

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  1. Money children
    May 17, 2022

    I have 10 acres ah len, who wanna grow could go grow. All I axe is 25% pan de crop. Call me…

  2. Lin clown
    May 16, 2022

    If Earl Williams was a UWP minister of communications and works,and Thompson Fontaine was a UWP senator,anybody can be anything,One was involved in the disappearance of $195,000 and the other the disappearance of DASS money and land.Who did what?

    May 16, 2022

    you have to be a massive idiot to import weed into dominica. thats the heights of stupidity when you can just grow a tree legally in ur back yard

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    • Sasa yè
      May 17, 2022

      No dude I don’t think you quite get it, it’s the level of THC, here it’s not very] potent, and most of it is not grown under conditions dat promote high thc and cbd but especially THC. Since it’s not legal you don’t want to be a sitting duck waiting for multiple plants to gain strength you may have to source stronger stuff.

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  4. lmckoy
    May 16, 2022

    With all the suitable growing lands in the country, Dominica should be legally exporting this thing by now!

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  5. Frank N Stein
    May 16, 2022

    Best Comment here!

  6. Truth Be Told
    May 16, 2022

    Imported cannabis into Dominica makes the same kind of economic nonsense as selling passports is the mainstay of your economy! They are both bringing in money but they are both unproductive means of unsustainable development! Grow your own, build your industries, generate export earnings! Enough with the importing of everything while the only exports is Passports! Lazy, incompetent, unproductive Government making the people become the same! Poor Dominica!

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  7. May 16, 2022

    Boy, Dominica really does import too many things that should be grown locally!

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    • derp
      May 16, 2022

      Exactly, but these stupid laws they have here are still restricting a lot of progress 3 plants, yet you can only have 28 grams in your possession hmmm. No mention of how or where you can get the plant to grow it much less for the seeds I guess the 3 plants magically appearing out of thin air. They obviously want us to go to the drug dealers and buy the seeds or plants and support their illegal activities.

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    • SN
      May 16, 2022

      You made the exact observation I was about to make.

    • Man bite dogs
      May 16, 2022

      Thanks Steve, such as rice we have enough water to perduce 437.18 million metric tons of rice each year. No dope please we got enough of that lots so-called UWP leaders and followers 🙏🏽

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      • ccs
        May 16, 2022

        That red koolaid has you real intoxicated

  8. De Hon Molats
    May 15, 2022

    Trust me that case will go nowhere because I am sure those police of Skerrit have been instructed to play with the investigation and ale a screw look like a 9, for the sake of the gasgstar movement,
    You see in the mouth the smallest set of teeth and probably most insignificant ones are known as the Maxillary teeth. However on the other hand the Molars are our biggest teeth with multiple roots. But we need to get rid of those molars because they cause more pain and trouble,

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  9. Possie Direct
    May 15, 2022

    Some people are working for top boys behind the scenes, whether they are custom officers, police officers or even government ministers. By the way with what is taking place at the port, may I kindly ask who is the minister responsible for ports? Is it Skerrit, Blackmore or Austrie? If it is Austrie why Skerrit not firing him? Boy you see that tree-us . No wonder the government demolished the only police station in the area to facilitate teamsters. When all you will hear the bombshell don’t put all you hand on head and say Dominica have malle,

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  10. KalingoJustice
    May 15, 2022

    :?: How did that boy became a customs officer, is it because he robbed shoulders with parlrep and politricksians in power :?: No wonder why there’s so much incompetence, rogues and vagabonds in all institutions on island! I won’t be surprised if he gets away and even given another job!!

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    • Loooooloooo
      May 16, 2022

      I thought he was just a security officer myself

    • derp
      May 16, 2022

      They are the scapegoat you think drugs not flowing through customs is only those they want to catch they catching

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  11. Tt
    May 14, 2022

    People still being charged with this nonsense. Does that even make sense. The country that led the push to make it illegal has legalized it profiting from it but you still prosecuting people for a naturally occurring plant….

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  12. Affa
    May 14, 2022

    Aah legalize the thing let us cultivate our own cannabis, for recreation and CBD oil, it’s not a big deal anymore. We need seriously to stop following Harry Anslinger who first made it illegal for racist reasons he is dead and gone, move on.

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    • Frank N Stein
      May 16, 2022

      Your PM is not interested in this. He is only allowing some for the boys on the block to get high and be useless. Think about that, a billion dollar industry and the leader only wants his country men to smoke it and not make money.

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      • Dominican Bwoi
        May 16, 2022

        Correct Frank. Skerrit knows what he’s doing. A starving nation is easier to control, and that’s why this nation will never see any improvements as long as Skerrit’s in power. He doesn’t want people to prosper, he wants people to rely on him & beg for handouts so he remains the king.

        The problem is, even if Skerrit was gone, many people will still have their beggar mindset. So if anything, the nation won’t improve until the people start changing their mindset. People have becoming too comfortable being beggars instead of looking at the bigger picture

  13. Massacre
    May 14, 2022

    Monkey see , Monkey do.” So these 2 guys are looking at the big boys on top getting rich while they are left to eat from the crumbs off the table . So of course they will do what they see to get rich too and have big houses and plenty women or men , u never know these days.

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  14. Big Banna
    May 14, 2022

    Papa met . Skerro not paying dem customs officers man?🤔🙄😂

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    • Dominican Bwoi
      May 15, 2022

      They must be UWP supporters :lol:

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      • If we knew better
        May 16, 2022

        DOminican Bwoi your statement contradicts what you tried to do. First of all if you are employed by the state, your salary is not determined by who you support politically, only promotions.

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        • Dominican Bwoi
          May 16, 2022

          Your name is “If we knew better”, I’m assuming “we” is really referring to “you” because you clearly still don’t know better. Come on, this is Dictator Skerrit we’re talking about, when has he ever gone by the rules? :lol:

  15. May 14, 2022

    “Where Labour Party get their money from it’s non of your damn business, go to hell!! go to hell!!; it’s sad that some people have taken this statement to the next level, public servants and all; what did we expect “the fish starts to spoil from the head”

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  16. Ibo France
    May 14, 2022

    Always operate above board. What happens in the dark eventually comes to light. No matter how deep you bury a lie it will germinate to the surface .

    A fish starts rotting at its head. When a leader or a government is unethical, immoral and corrupt the public service, in fact, the entire country becomes degenerate. Dominion is one of the most glaring examples of this.

    When paupers of the cabal go from rags to riches on the meagre salary of a civil servant, overnight, what do you expect of public servants? Monkey see monkey do. They just simply follow the leader and think they will get away with it.

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  17. Dominican Bwoi
    May 14, 2022

    If Skerrit really wanted to help revive agriculture & boost Dominica’s industry, he would legalize cannabis. There’s so much money to be made in the cannabis & hemp business, and there’s so much more you can do with the plant than just smoke it. Also, it would boost the tourism sector. Contrary to what many people think, weed is still illegal in the Netherlands, yet millions of tourists flock to Amsterdam a year just to smoke. Now, imagine being able to smoke LEGALLY on the beach in the Caribbean sun. What could possible feel better than that?

    Plus, I’ve said this before & I’m gonna say it again. People around the world already stereotypically associate weed with the Caribbean, so we should use that til our advantage to make them travel to the region

    The 5 S’s of tourism – (S)un, (S)and, (S)ea, (S)ex…and (S)moking reefer. Discover Dominica, if you’re reading this, come hire me nuh :lol:

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    • Pat
      May 16, 2022

      Not only did they stereotypically associate weed with the Caribbean (and not Amsterdam), making it illegal was, and still is a race thing perpetrated by the U.S that has already made it legal and grand in most states.

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      • Dominican Bwoi
        May 16, 2022

        Spot on. Making it illegal was for racial reasons. White men feared their ladies would smoke reefer & fall in love with black men :lol:

        Even the word marijuana has racist connotations. They use that name so people would associate it with Mexicans

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    • derp
      May 16, 2022

      The guy doesn’t care about the average person Dominica earth fertile, easy to grow. They rather handout economy, they love people to come to them and beg!

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