Man charged in Penville drug bust; granted bail

courtA Penville man, who was arrested for possession of firearm and possession of 30 kilograms of cocaine with intent to supply, has appeared in court where the charges were read to him.

Bennet Seaman was granted bail in the sum of $100,000.

He was arrested when officers of the Drug Squad Section of the Dominica Police Force executed a search warrant on his premises in Penville about 6:30 PM on Friday, January 2016.

He appeared before Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Roseau Magistrate Court where he was charged with possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply 30 kilograms of alleged cocaine.

The police are also alleging that Seaman was found in possession of one marlin .44 riffle and .357 ammunition.

The approximate street value of the alleged cocaine is said to be $801, 000.

Attorney at law Wayne Norde is representing Seaman who was remanded overnight but returned to court on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, with a proper surety and was released on bail.

His trial is set for 19 May 2016 at the Roseau Magistrate Court.

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  1. Stranger
    January 27, 2016

    Some Dominicans just like toTalk talk talk! People please get your facts straight! Were these stuff found in his possession? Can someone please explain to me what it really means to get something in one’s possession

  2. January 27, 2016

    Apparently there are some BIG BOYS in the North! It makes you wonder if that’s why the U.S. financed Coast Guard base was NEVER built in the area. You can stay at certain houses in Vielle Case and see the small boats going back and forth to Marigaland and Guadaloupe but of course… who cares? HUGE houses are being built, fancy cars are being bought, the community is thriving and bail money is set aside in case there is an interruption in the “normal course of business”. This “white diamonds” business is creating enormous wealth for some. Money is flowing like the Layou river for the lawless few while law-abiding Citizens continue to struggle to make ends meet from day to day. For every major drug bust or arrest, there are ten more “Dons” counting enormous amounts of cash and laughing at the police as they arrest our youths for a single marijuana joint. We have yet to see or hear about the piles of cash and cocaine stashed away in very large and expensive homes.

  3. koule wyyayi
    January 27, 2016

    He should face jail time. Our nature island does not deserves to be destroyed. I don’t feel sorry for no coke dealers or users. Our young children needs books, not drugs. Our peaceful Island or is it???does not need these kind of people. Look for the others and bury the keys in the bottom of the sea. Don’t let them out.

  4. observer347
    January 27, 2016

    DNO is the only news website in the OECS that don’t show the pic of criminals whether convicted or charge for offences of public interest like rape,child molestation,drugs as so on. The pic says a 1000 words DNO and Dumminica will always remain a backward state suce’ sel lol

  5. tumble
    January 27, 2016

    Bannet ou pas las fe moun honte! After you see how hard Mawsel was working that is what you find to do? You were already caught spent time in Lucia but no. Garcon your were always a sacwe feyah. Toneh.

    • Stranger
      January 27, 2016

      Tumble just shut your face! And get your information right before you come here and talk your bullshit. Better cleanup your backyard before you try to clean someone else,’s own

    • Stranger
      January 27, 2016

      Were these stuff found in the man’s possession? People make me understand what it really means to get something in one’s possession! cause if i am living at my home and something was found in the bushes near to my brother’s yard, is it found in my possession even if i am a suspect?

    January 26, 2016

    The focus of capture seems to be on after the drugs have already arrived into Dominica. The question is how is it getting into the country and how do they get it out… in the first place. I’m not pro Lennox Linton but he was harassed for transporting crabs yet those in authority are not questioning how The security at the airport could have allowed that other young woman to pass through with all that cocaine in her bag then get caught in England?
    There is a reason why the traffickers send drugs to Dominica the airport and port security are not well trained and are unprofessional… ITS EASY TO GET DRUGS INTO DOMINICA AND OUT! the security practices, unprofessional personnel and lack of proper training and equipment makes it very easy to get drugs out of the country into another.
    The airport and ports should have trained POLICE DOGS to sniff baggage arriving into the country at the ports and the airports. They should be actively searching every corner of that Island.

  7. Face the Facts
    January 26, 2016

    Some Dominicans have a lot of money/property to stand bail for them. The boss of this trade is obviously unhappy that he was caught. None can make money off confiscated illegal drugs.
    Who are these people in Dominica they will be selling them to? Who are they who have money to purchase illegal drugs?
    Selling them only benefit the top brass and those who deliver and sell them. Jobs are not created from them. The economy does not benefit from them. They are not assisting their country in any manner.
    I hope what some earn and those the government assist do not use the money to purchase these drugs. There are some complaining and crying, no jobs and money and blame the government. If it were possible, I would like to know who they are and what they do with the money – figure of speech.
    I assume the gun is unlicensed. Was he asked how he obtained the gun? I hope it was confiscated and will eventually be destroyed.

  8. mine
    January 26, 2016

    I hope he sellout the big fish cause his the bait. I don’t feel sorry for no one dealing with drugs.

  9. My Boy
    January 26, 2016

    DNO it is important that readers understand that this case is very much connected to the TanTan arrest of last week. That being said, we need to understand the back road from Tatan to Penville and role it may play in encouraging lawlessness.

    Furthermore, the back road is the main road used by some very important persons like the PM, Reggie, Bobbles, Mano and others, and as a result, we should put some measures in place to ensure their safety. In fact that’s the road to the villas, the house of US professors.

    Let’s not forget the Capuchine Police Station is no more as it was demolished and the Portsmouth station is to far to give timely protection to our good citizens and leaders. That’s another reason why I believe it was a mistake to abandon the Coast Guard base we got from the USA. It would have given protection.

    With the police finding a gun and ammunition at the home of Mr. Seaman really has me concerned about the protection of all. Remember Drugs and Guns go together

  10. enough is enough
    January 26, 2016

    ok DNO, my comment was off track? but it was only the truth….
    how comes you can get bail when you get caught with 30 kilo of coke with intent to supply??

  11. enough is enough
    January 26, 2016

    30 k of coke and the man get bail ???? not bad !! I wondering what should be done in d/a go get a free ticket to the prison? steal a bread or a can of sardines???
    also 801000 ec$ street value hum hum …very cheap coke 800 k divided by30 k it’s 26 ec$ per grams !!! there is a special promo for carnival !!!! let be serious guy s!!!

  12. LuCLu
    January 26, 2016

    Coke valued at $800K and bail is $100K….anyone else see the disparity??

  13. January 26, 2016

    It is not surprising that the police so often find guns along with the drugs when they do a drug bust.

    The drug trade is a dangerous business. Those who sell the drugs carry guns for their protection. They also supply them to sell because those who would hurt others by selling them drugs have no qualms about supplying guns as long as the money is on the table.

    Both are illegal.

    Both are can be harmful to your health.

    Both can kill.

    The love of money drives the sale of both.

    Both are part of the low life that has no regard for others, and does not consider how they are placing their own futures at risk as long as they can enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • Face the Facts
      January 26, 2016

      People’s God-given precious allotted life means nothing to them, even their own life.
      We know the saying: “Those who live by the gun die by the gun”, sooner or later.
      We have heard/read much of that occurring, as also in Toronto. Some people do not learn from the mistakes of others. They have no wish to change. They stand to gain much, get rich and live a lavish lifestyle, if never caught. Knowing it is illegal, they continue to boldly ply this trade and live dangerously. One day it catches up with them at the cost of their life.

      • January 28, 2016

        The drug trade is an illegal and dangerous business. Those who sell will continue to do so as long as they can make money and consume it upon their own lusts. The fact that they are destroying lives and fuelling crime means nothing to them.

        Only a fool thinks “legalizing” these drugs would make them less dangerous or minimize the damage that is being done. Studies have shown the easier it is to obtain a substance the more people will use it, and the more stuff will be used. I have posted the reasons for this numerous times on DNO.

        In the late 1950s my church in the USA, the Assemblies of God, gave birth to the world’s most successful drug recovery program known as TEEN CHALLENGE. TC uses no psycho-therapy, and no medications. It uses an evangelistic approach, and introduces its clients to Jesus Christ
        in TEEN CHALLENG CENTRES around world, with a proven government recognized success rate of 80% :!:

        Read 2 Corinthians 5:17.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

    • DeJoker
      January 27, 2016

      Alcohol is also harmful to your health. You don’t see people who sell alcohol having guns to protect themselves. Why isn’t the alcohol trade (or the cigarette trade for that matter) considered dangerous? It’s because those are legal while marijuana, cocaine etc are illegal. Those are the only differences really other than the specifics of the damage they cause.

      The illegal drug policy is an overly hypocritical one. The drugs that are legal are allowed because it’s convenient to society. If it was about health cigarettes and alcohol would be banned period and marijuana would be legal since it has been proven that marijuana is much less harmful than those two. The danger aspect only comes because of the drug being illegal and the conflicts that arise among traffickers and police etc. Remember there was a time when reading was illegal and you could get killed for it. If you really wanted to read you would find a way to protect yourself even if that meant finding a weapon

      • January 27, 2016

        Alcoholic drinks are sold in securely capped or sealed bottles and are unlikely to be tampered with. It would be highly unlikely for anybody to get a “bad batch” of booze as long as they buy from a regular business man.

        People who sell alcoholic beverages are not fighting each other over territories, or killing another seller because of a turf war.

        People are not being rushed into the Hospital Emergency because they overdosed on spirits as often as they are because they overdosed on drugs.

        Because of the fact that an addict will do almost anything to feed his/her craving for cocaine or
        heroine there is a greater connection between these drugs and crime than there is between alcohol and crime.

        These are only a few of the reasons a drug dealer is more apt to pack a gun for protection.
        However the evidence shows they are often known to sell guns along with the drugs. During a bust the police look for guns and often find them.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  14. mke
    January 26, 2016

    jail d coke man an them free up d weedman an them coke destroy lives 8)

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