Magistrate grants half a million dollars bail in Stockfarm drug bust

courtA man, who was arrested in connection with a massive drug bust, worth over EC$5-million, in Stockfarm, was granted bail in the sum of EC$500,000 on Monday.

However, Anthony Jno Baptiste, has yet to get necessary sureties and is on remand at the Stockfarm Prison.

The sum was offered by Magistrate Bernard Pacquette after hearing submissions from Jno Baptiste’s lawyer Gina Dyer Munro and Sergeant Davidson Cadette on behalf of the prosecution

Jno Baptiste was arrested on December 30, 2015, by the police and charged for possession and possession with intent to supply 190,000 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of EC$5,073,000.00.

The trial date is set for April 21, 2016.

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13 Comments

  1. Face the Facts
    January 12, 2016

    Street value of $5M and more dollars? Where would they sell that amount of cocaine? You can bet some of it would be shipped elsewhere.
    One half million dollars bail? Who in Dominica will stand surety for him? Of course, they will use their property as surety. If he bails out on them they will lose it.
    The Court should investigate anyone who stands surety in that amount, for him.

    • Zandoli
      January 13, 2016

      Bail sould have been set at triple the street value of the drugs that was seized. Let these people who destroy innocent lives rot in jail.

  2. fam
    January 12, 2016

    Shut alyuh mouth…. Alyuh background maybe worse alyuh maybe have people that in it more than him… They hold people before you Anthony and while you was remanded they hold couple fellas for that…. You not d first you not d last my brother… You have people for you, we love you and we praying for you… Keep your head up and dont mind what people say… Pack of haters!

    • UDOHREADYET
      January 12, 2016

      pure ignorance… this is the very reason why Dominica is failing as a country its the ignorant fools who have lost their morals. good riddance!!!

  3. Vex
    January 12, 2016

    Dno correct all you mistakes cause the man is freee and reunited with his family. So please seek proper information. You all mislead the people.

    • UDOHREADYET
      January 12, 2016

      Dominica law is too lenient.

  4. January 12, 2016

    They cannot hold you down
    Doe matter wat y’all try and what people say
    You are not the first nor the last
    You shall rise

  5. life
    January 12, 2016

    They cannot hold u down
    Dont care wat they try and what people say
    You are not the first nor the last…. you shall rise

  6. supportive
    January 12, 2016

    Dont worry you will get out . We are praying alot. Let he who nevervdone wrong condemn you

  7. January 12, 2016

    For a man caught in the possession of almost six million dollars worth of cocaine, a half a million dollars bail should be “chump change”, pocket money and a reason to smile. The big Boss should be sending a beautiful and exotic super-model to post that amount in cash. Then long before the matter goes to trial, a yacht should be waiting in the dead of the night to whisk you away to your villa in Santo Domingo or your mansion in Belize. That’s if the movies you were watching before you got yourself involved in drug trafficking were real. Unfortunately, they are NOT! The reality is that someone used you and left you to fend for yourself in the Court system. Your family and friends have to be the one to wonder how on earth are they going to get five hundred thousand dollars to get you out. It is quite disappointing that the Boss does not want you to contact him at this point believing that you could lead the authorities to him. You are on your own now Garcon. Don’t cry!!!

  8. January 12, 2016

    They will be benefiting a lot from their good gesture ,I’m sure..

  9. 4Q
    January 12, 2016

    Wooooooooshhhh…..more money for their coffers. I think, (again, it’s just my opinion) that the drugs belonged to someone else – Some bigger fish than Jno-baptiste. So makeem talk!!! We have too many big and flashy houses on dem hill top; and dem owner eh lawfully employed. seize dem cars, seize dem boats, seize dem land, seize every dam ting dem got; because the drug dealers are the main reason why we have so many paros around town, making our town look so disgraceful. Seize anything dem got and send a strong message to the “wana be rich quick” people. After that, we must clean up the gov-we-ment too.

  10. Shameless
    January 12, 2016

    Keep them behind bars Magistrate Tig! While denial of bail is not intended as punishment we need to ensure that those charged with such crimes (quantity of poison) stay off the streets albeit temporarily to prevent them from spreading that poison “in the mean time”!

    Assertive, NEVER Aggressive! :twisted:

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