DPP discontinues drug matter

High Court fineA drugs matter involving Virginia Julien and her brother Oswald Julien has been discontinued by the learned Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Both defendants were arrested in July 2012 and slapped with charges of conspiracy to import 165,710 grams (365 pounds) of cannabis into Dominica, possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply.

The cannabis was allegedly found at the home of Virginia Julien on July 11, in Lagoon, Loubiere. They were first denied bail for one week by a Roseau magistrate despite strong objections by their lawyer, Wayne Norde, who had requested bail on their behalf.

But the following week, they were each granted bail in the sum of $225,000 by Magistrate Ossie Lewis.

As conditions of their bail, the two were expected to report to the Roseau Police Station twice a week and to avoid committing any offences.

On January 13, 2014, their lawyer Wayne Norde was served with a letter of discontinuance by the office of the DPP.

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51 Comments

  1. Nadia
    June 12, 2014

    I live abroad how can I contact Wayne Norde?

  2. Hans
    January 15, 2014

    According to Skerrit ” In a real country” people who have the responsibilty to prosecute crime, drug trafficking etc have to answer questions to the government authority. But then again does the government authority have the moral authority and the face to clean up crime and corruption.

  3. Anonymous
    January 15, 2014

    For you guys informan. The hose does not belong to virginia …..neither was the drugs found in the building it was found in bush ok out of owners property….don’t you believe the police should do their jobs and tell the truth…so if you guys don’t know anything it makes no sense you say all that…And its about time you DOMINICANS start minding your damn business…the DPP made his decision and that’s final the only people who should be asking for a reason are the people involved in it…..so I suggest you guys get ur facts RIGHT before u get urselves in trouble!!!!!

  4. weed from harlem
    January 15, 2014

    search down newtown you will find endless drugs even under the Newtown savannah

  5. Next Gen
    January 15, 2014

    Legalize it and stop charging fellaz for half a joint!

  6. mandela spirit
    January 15, 2014

    I must laugh this one,that sound like the ‘Sit Com’Sanford and son,When Graddy,sanford sidekick,was caught with weed,told Sanford that this is wild parsley.I guess this was a case of mistaken identity.only in Dominica.

  7. January 15, 2014

    What happening are they free mason and the lawyers and court judges freemason so they set them. Free

  8. anonymous
    January 14, 2014

    AND THEY CHARGE ME 1000 DOLLARS FOR A JOINT COUPLE MONTHS AGO.OVER 300 POUNDS NOTHING.BOY I HAVE MALEH.

  9. Kokay There
    January 14, 2014

    The two lawyers loving drug dealers they need to look into that.

  10. newtown
    January 14, 2014

    Harlem people controlling the law in Dominica…all of them is one big influential family but the fact remains that the police must learn to apply the law properly if not people will escape on all kinds of technicality.
    Newttown have too much freaking drugs and it dominates the community and keeps its economy alive. newtown boys and some girls just refuse to work because theyre all into the drugs.

  11. redman
    January 14, 2014

    Some thing wrong in this country. what happen? the weed disappear ? or some big boy talk? is the dpp taking bribes? tell us what is the matter. why is the case discontiued . please tell us what happened.

  12. Straight Talk
    January 14, 2014

    So you begin to understand why there is this cry about corruption in the country? There is either incompetence among the ploice or corruption or both. Then these people should sue the government/police for wrongful arrest.

  13. January 14, 2014

    The only time these so called police officers in Dominica gets an adrenalin rush to investigate any serious crime; is if the matter relates to drugs.

    Why???????????????

    Because there is something in it to be gained for them. All other serious crimes that are being committed in Dominica is like water off a ducks back to the police. They are simply not interested. No wonder the island is being overrun by criminals and unruly mob elements.

    Alot of these police officers themselves are disguised criminals in uniform. They are a law upon themselves.

    Some of these officers joined the force because there simply wasn’t any other alternative available to them. (Dem jus a do a ting) Joining the force was simply an opportunity they took to earn a living.
    Therefore what Dominica end up with is elements of the police who has no desire, commitment, enthusiasm and backbone to do their jobs properly.

    At this rate,Dominica will end up like Jamaica and Columbia. God help us.

  14. Dominican in T.O
    January 14, 2014

    It always amazes me when I hear of people importing weed to Dominca–This is the nature Isle-with some of the richest soil and abundant rainfall in the Caribbean and you importing weed?? Cmon, that’s like importing bananas to Dominca…Makes no sense. Just saying.

    • 4CARS
      January 14, 2014

      They should buy it from you instead? Just asking…

    • Malgraysa
      January 15, 2014

      Why you think this impossible when we even importing fish, coffee, flowers and water in bottle?

  15. January 14, 2014

    These charges were brought against the suspects by the DPP representing the state. Therefore the state has a right to know why were these charges dropped and discontinued.
    If no explanation is forthcoming then the finger of suspicion will always be pointed at the suspects relating to their guilt; and the strong whiff of corruption will be levied against the DPP and the police.
    As a matter of procedure and protocol, an explanation should have accompanied the letter of discontinuance.
    To avoid the charges of collusion being thrown in their direction, the suspects should demand an explanation to distance themselves from this conspicuous and suspicious affair, and to put the ball back firmly into the DPP and police’s court.
    Until this is cleared up, we Dominican citizens living abroad will continue to see Dominica as a corrupt cesspit of an island.

    • baltizanta
      January 14, 2014

      u too sor sort stop making a ja of your da foolish

  16. Mary Black
    January 14, 2014

    Something is completely wrong with this case. How could they police enter the property of someone and find 165,710 grams of drugs in the property they were taken to court, bailed for the some of $225,000 and now the case is being discontinued.
    Were the police telling fibs on the amount there is more to it and needed to be investigated properly.
    When will Dominica PP do their job to the max.

  17. Joe
    January 14, 2014

    Waste of tax payers money and police time as They go mad about marijuana. Just go ahead and legalize the herb.

  18. yes i
    January 14, 2014

    it was a parsley, the police thought it was canabis! the corruption is trickling down slowly to he base from the top where it starts. ah bondie! i stop giving info to the police, pa la!

  19. Anonymous
    January 14, 2014

    indeed it should be public knowledge what happened the court looks like what i wouldnt say i mean ¨clear your name¨ weh weh

  20. aa
    January 14, 2014

    A thorough explanation is needed and we need to press Them DIP for it. We cant let it slide

  21. faceup
    January 13, 2014

    So what? de police fraid to say that one of there own stole there drugs!

    • .
      January 14, 2014

      How can you say Police stole the drug while it was in their custody. I have been reliably informed that it was eaten by a six foot two legged rat with a humongous appitite

    • Malgraysa
      January 15, 2014

      That reminds me of a very funny story by Roald Dahl, a famous British writer. A woman reported finding her husband dead at home, apparently beaten with a blunt instrument. When the police came to her house, she was crying all the way and they tried to console her. She invited them to stay for dinner, after all she had a leg of lamb in the oven and it would only go to waste. They all had a good meal, not realising that they had eaten the evidence. The leg of lamb that was frozen and used by the wife to clobber her husband to death and then put in the oven to be roasted. The evidence had been eaten by the police self.

  22. YES I
    January 13, 2014

    I want an investigation into this matter….

  23. Simply the Truth
    January 13, 2014

    What is the reason for the discontinuance? Should the DPP not inform Dominicans why this case was discontinued? I would think D/cans have a right to know the reason. After all the Cannabis was found at their home.

    • .
      January 14, 2014

      DPP does not have to give reason. This case was and could go nowhere.

      • Malgraysa
        January 15, 2014

        You mean even the DPP now not accountable? Where will this end?

      • Lang Mama
        January 15, 2014

        The DPP doesn’t have to but isn’t it a form of transparency that the people know what is going on

  24. Not a herd follower
    January 13, 2014

    What was the reason for the discontinuation? Did the DPP Office state?

  25. BEB
    January 13, 2014

    Now Mr. DPP! are u going to return the drugs to them, since they cannot be charged. Mr. Norde the ball is in ur court for u to make strong representation for the drugs to be given back to them
    I just don’t know what is happening to our justice system, its just inside out, upside down

    • Lang Mama
      January 15, 2014

      They have to return the the baselic so them people can make their tea at night

  26. Kokay There
    January 13, 2014

    weh, weh, weh.

  27. TRUTHHURTS
    January 13, 2014

    So, do they get their bail money back? Did the cannibus at her home turn out to be parsley? If the DDP made a mistake they should at least clear the suspects name.

  28. January 13, 2014

    I wander why.smell like a rat

  29. Jejep
    January 13, 2014

    Hmmmmmmmm. ah wanda y

  30. The level
    January 13, 2014

    We know people that know people ….who do you know?????…. :lol: :lol: :lol: that’s Dominica for you eh! Wish the reason for discontinuance was given .

  31. Asterix
    January 13, 2014

    Why was the case discontinued?

  32. Shenel Jolly
    January 13, 2014

    8-O ???

  33. whats next
    January 13, 2014

    the matter has been discontinued? What does that mean, did they not have enough evidence to prosecute. What about all the drugs they found at their residence, if they can’t prosecute for doing something illegal then I think they should get back their week.

  34. hagaranta
    January 13, 2014

    Evo is a serious woman. I hope one day they make her our first female president. Continue to set the highest standards on the bench Miss Evolina baptiste.

    • baltizanta
      January 14, 2014

      what are you really saying

  35. grell
    January 13, 2014

    what is this country has no law.

  36. woman power
    January 13, 2014

    miss baptiste knows the law and applies it correclty with no fear nor favour nor ill will! Thats what brains are all about. She deserves a national award and is my heroine! Police do come better than that…do all you work properly!

    • tax payer
      January 15, 2014

      That is exactly the problem, the Police need to be properly trained to collect and process evidence properly. TOOOO many cases with botched up investigation, no proper evidence and procedure, resulting in dropped cases and charges. Police, do your job thoroughly and do what is right.

  37. bbc
    January 13, 2014

    I wonder why ?

  38. January 13, 2014

    Some in high position spoke to the DDP :-D :-D :-D

  39. Bull Crap
    January 13, 2014

    “The cannabis was allegedly found at the home of Virginia Julien on July 11, in Lagoon, Loubiere.”

    but yet the matter was discontinued>.. cant be for lack of evidence. Can someone spell ” its all about who you know?”

  40. Hmmm
    January 13, 2014

    They get 365 pounds of marijuana in someones house and the DPP discontinues the matter; and in a twist of events, sometime last week there was a story about a man having to pay $250.00 for half a spliff.
    This leaves one to wonder why? Did the evidence disappear? Are there corrupt police in our force who steals evidence and give to their DRUG associates (bosses)?

    One day our law will stop criminalizing something as natural as a tree. God created all the herb bearing seeds and saw that it was good; Are you disagreeing with God?

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