Twenty-five-year-old Kine Nikita Letang, of Fond Baron Loubiere, has pleaded not guilty to two drug trafficking offences at the Magistrates Court in Roseau on January 11, 2016.
Police arrested Letang last week in Tan Tan and he is charged with possession of 4,313 grams of marijuana, with an estimated street value of EC$9,500 and possession of 22,500 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of EC$ 606,500. Combined the illegal substances have an estimated street value of EC$616,000.
The prosecution, led by Sergeant Davidson Cadette, told the court that they were not objecting to bail, however, given the quantum of the drugs and its value, he proposed that bail at EC$200,000.
However, for Letang’s attorney, Joshua Francis told the court that bail was not meant to be “punishment for poor people’s children.” He said that his client had a fixed place of abode and the suggested amount by the prosecution was “way too high.”
He asked that bail be set at EC$50,000 but Magistrate Bernard Pacquette set it at EC$150,000.
At the time of publication, Letang was not yet able to secure proper sureties.