Bail opened at $150,000 to men caught with drugs, firearms and ammo

Three Grand Bay men and a Trafalgar man, facing eight drugs, firearm and ammunition charges, were offered bail in the sum of $150,000 each with one surety, after allegedly being caught dealing over 17,000 grams of cannabis with two guns and several rounds of ammunition on March 19 in Byack.

Patrickson Gerard George, Rueben St. Steve Lewis and Salim Polydore of Grand Bay together with Desmond John Dangleben appeared before Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin Tuesday, and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Dangleben has already been released on bail.

The defendants face charges of unlawful cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis, intent to supply 17,706 grams of cannabis, possession of 12 rounds of  12-guage ammunition,  possession of  24 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 9 rounds of 380 ammunition without being the holders of the relevant licenses according to the law.

They were also charged with possession of a 12-gauge double barrel shot gun without being the holder of a license to have such, and possession of  a 9mm pistol and magazine without having the relevant license for the fire arm on the date caught with it.

The police prosecutor, in presenting the facts stated that the men were allegedly caught at a time when the drugs (weighing 39 lbs when converted in pounds) were ready to be harvested.

Attorney-at-Law David Bruney represented Dangleben, while Peter Alleyne stood on behalf of the other three  defendants.

The trial of the matter began today, but was adjourned until June 22, 2010.

According to Magistrate Behanzin, some of the conditions of the mens’ bail if or when granted, would be to surrender all travel documents and not to leave Dominican shores by any means. They will also be on curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Magistrate Behanzin ordered that Lewis, who is a fisherman, not venture beyond 2,000 feet from Dominica shores.

– Hermisha Rolle, Staff reporter

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25 Comments

  1. March 24, 2010

    south

    This Trafalgar man, brass have been involve with drugs for a very long time this guy was caught in the 90s trafficking drugs hidden in flowers for sale in Guadeloupe…
    peace

  2. HELP
    March 24, 2010

    Tiyani you are the best that we have,but the bail could have been higher.These people are destroying Dominica.When are we going to see that! $1 000 000 bail and more or 40 years imprisonment.Do you know that these drugs find their way to schools and your well brought up child at home can be convinced to try it and you have a budding PARO.
    LOVE YOU TIYANI.

    • CaCa Beef
      December 6, 2010

      You are speaking my language
      We should a zero tolerance on those guys that keep destroying the youth of this country

  3. power belong to jah
    March 24, 2010

    i agree with you sister lookcrap full of s***.he sound like a police

  4. March 24, 2010

    TO ALL THESE FREAK PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALL THESE NEGATIVES COMMENTS TO SAY BOUT THEM BOYS……….. ALL I GOT TO TELL U ALL IS THA IF U LIVING IN A GLASS HOUSE DNT THROW STONES CAUSE THEY WOULDNT BE THE FIRST NEITHER THE LAST…………

  5. weedmasters
    March 24, 2010

    with all the negative talk u all people have going on i hope u see the other side of it. Will anyone of u provide jobs for the young men if they come to u? would u rather them come to ur house steal what u work hard for? if some of u notice that kind of life is harder than ur 8 hour jobs. so stop giving on the young men. some of alyou have more than that stack up in alyou house and even sleeping on it. and for some of alyou the fancy cars , the nice cloths and all the things u have in ur house was paid for from money earned like what the young were trying to do. so check your backyeard first

  6. senjo city
    March 24, 2010

    tiyani is the last true man standing in this legal system.jah bless

  7. look crap
    March 24, 2010

    how can u plead not guilty if you were caught red handed with the drugs and guns…
    and the bail should be higher, we need to send a strong message to these thugs.
    anyway how do these defense lawyers sleep at nite ? i mean everyone is innocent until proven guilty but i mean come on….

    • SISTER
      March 24, 2010

      THEY WERE PLEADED NOT GUILTY …ASK URSELF IF THAT MAKES SENSE…THAT THEY WERE PLEADED NOT GUILTY..I BET U WENT TO SCHOOL..AND I HOPE U DNT NEVER GET KIDS…OR U NEVER FALL IN THE HANDS OF THE LAW…HYPOCITE

  8. SISTER
    March 24, 2010

    YOU …. HYPOCITES …THATS WHY DOMINICA WILL REMAIN THE WAY IT IS..YULL DNT STAND FOR A YOU PPLE…DONT U PPLE HAVE CHILDREN..AND DONT U WONDER SOMETIMES IF THE POLICE ARE TELLING THE TRUTH ..BUT NO JUMP TO ….CONCLUSION..DUMB ……JUSTICE WILL BE REVELED…THE INNOCENT NEVER SUFFERS…I DAMN U ALL WHO HAS ALL THE NEGETIVE THINGS TO SAY ALL TO HELL….MY HEARTFULL PRAYERS TO ALL OF EM BOYS…PLEASE GOD GUARD EM AND STRENGTH EM..

    • grand- barian
      March 24, 2010

      they were caught with it so they should suffer the full extent. way to go sir you will be the one to put all the drug dealers in prison. these are young men whom i know they never paid any attention at school and dropped out then they wanna claim they cannot find jobs. The economy is hard for real, BUT stay in school get educated then if u don’t get a job you can blame it on the country.

  9. local
    March 24, 2010

    The bail should be higher so there a** will stay in jail!! Just spoiling our little Dominica with nonesence.

  10. Zarzee Morpo
    March 24, 2010

    It is amazing how police always making big bust on marijuana.I guess the presence of crack in d/ca is non existent or police turning a blind eye.I wonder which is of danger to the community.CRACK? or Harmless Ganja?

  11. People Power
    March 24, 2010

    Way to Mr Magistrate. You lead the way and let the others follow. With you in the Justice system, Dominica is moving to a next level. Don’t let anyone or anything deter you. The people are looking and fully support you.

    • People Power
      March 24, 2010

      Way to go Your Honour, Mr. Magistrate.

  12. Out of South City
    March 24, 2010

    BMS, I have asked that question in a previous discussion. How secure are our ports? I know that it is a difficult thing to do since we are an island and those traveling from neighboring islands and even through fishing, are not always under surveillance.
    In any case why would these individuals engage themselves in such acts and what were their motives? As long as someone possesses any form af ammunition, the intent is to use it. They should be severely punished because who knows, this could have escalated into a bloody battle with such possessions in their custody.
    It is very sad that such citizens have given themselves over to this kind of lifestyle. They may be making quick cash but in the process their intents are deadly. For those who may be using canabis for medicinal purposes, moderation is the key but once someone has become addicted to anything in life for monetary gain and power, then that’s another problem.

  13. steve
    March 24, 2010

    great job magistrate

  14. THE TRUTH
    March 24, 2010

    I FEEL RE ASURED THAT MR BEHANZIN IS HEARING THIS CASE….BUT I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED. ABOUT THE DEFENDING LAWYERS OF THESE HIGH PROFILE DRUG CASES…I MEAN HOW CAN YOU IN RIGHT CONCIOUS DEFEND A MAN CAUGHT WITH KILOS OF COCAINE OR MARIJUANA AND GUNS OR/AND AMUNITION AND STAND BEFORE A COURT AND DEFEND SUCH PERSONS
    I MEAN EVERYONE HAS RIGHTS AND EVERYONE DESERVES A DEFENCE BUT THIS HAS ALWAYS HAD BE AMAZED….DOES THESE DEFENCE LAWYERS HAVE CHILDREN?WOULDNT IT BE IRONIC IF A DEFENCE LAYWERS FIGHTS FOR A DRUG LORD’S RELEASED…GET THE USUAL HUGE MONEY CUT FOR GETTING THEM OFF…AND THAT DRUG LORD REQUITES THE DEFENCE LAWYERS CHILD OF CHILDRENS IN TO COCAINE USE?….I WONDER HOW THAT WOULD FEEL TO THE DEFENCE LAWYERS…
    MOST LAWYERS,PASTORS AND POLITITIONS AND ADVOCATES OF THE DEVIL…..SOME ARE CLEAN AND HONEST BUT EASILY CORRUPTED…GOD HELP DOMINICA

  15. BMS
    March 24, 2010

    Where does all these GUNS AND AMMO comes from I am sure we don’t have gun factory in Dominica
    That was a good hall by the police , at least it will get those guns off the streets , but that is just a drop in the ocean.

  16. Anonymous
    March 24, 2010

    Their bail should have been one million. they need to learn the hard way. money blinds people to do evil

  17. March 23, 2010

    These guys need to be taught a good lesson. Why so many guns..

    To kill innocent people . Again the justice system here is reversing.

    so they might just get a warning.

  18. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010

    damn, niggaz is going hard in d.a for real. Thought this s*** only happend in other countries. But wtf you expect when there are no jobs and ppl are suffering. Niggas is going to find a hustle

  19. Don't you wish?
    March 23, 2010

    But where Dangleben get $150,000 to post bail?

    And then we want to say bad things about Behanzin? It is a fact that these drug peddlers have big community ppl behind them. That’s why some people want to circulate letter and keep their conspiracy meeting. But thats ok. While they doing foolishness, Behanzin working!.

    The person who sign that bail there well mechastay. Next time the bail should be 500,000. Personally I wish the Dangleben would skip bail let the govt pocket get fatter.

    Good Job Behanzin.

  20. Anonymous
    March 23, 2010

    SORRY TO HEAR THAT ABOUT MY YOUNG GRAND BARIANS BOYS. CANT BELIEVE THEY GOT THEIR SELF CAUGHT IN THAT BUSINESS

  21. yes
    March 23, 2010

    I find the judge was very lenient on these dealers..These guys who are spoiling our young people and crippling the vital human resource of our land need to be taught tougher lessons.

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