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