Man gets bail for cannabis, possession of ammunition

A 43-year-old man from Morne Prosper has pleaded not guilty to three drugs charges and one for possession of ammunition.

Franklyn McMorris Jno Baptiste is now on EC$14,000.00 bail.

He was arrested by the police on July 8, 2012 and charged with possession of three live rounds of 12 gauge ammunition,  possession of cannabis with intent to supply (2,310 grams),  possession of cannabis and cultivation and possession of cannabis (1 grown plant).

Jno Baptiste is to reappear in court for his trial on October 15, 2012, and has to report twice a week (Monday and Friday) to the Roseau police station.

He has been warned against committing any offence while on bail.

Meanwhile in another court matter, 29 year old Allan Savarin of Wall House pleaded guilty to possession of 14 grams of cannabis and was fined EC$250.00.

He’s been ordered to pay up August 15, 2012 or face three weeks in jail.

Savarin was arrested by members of the Police Task Force who were on mobile patrol in the area at about 8:15pm on July 6, 2012.

On seeing the vehicle he threw away a clear plastic bag with the alleged illegal drug.

A search by the police was conducted and the substance found.

His lawyer Dawn Yearwood Stewart told the court that the amount was small, that he had pleaded guilty, and was a first time offender.

Yearwood Stewart also urged the court to take into account the fact that the drug was not tested, and that Savarin had been kept in police custody for over 72 hours.

“He has already been punished by the police since he has been in the cramped cells for over the stipulated 72 hours according to law,” she said.

The attorney asked the court to consider all those matters in passing sentence.

Savarin was told by the court to “learn from that experience.”

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12 Comments

  1. budman
    July 11, 2012

    yall ah de best! even when police do dem job its still a problem

  2. Help US
    July 11, 2012

    Rapid.. Dont worry stay Strong. That is just a small fine. But the police keep on harassing the wrong set of people.. What you all are going to start to do is send the wallhouse youth astray. We dont steal, we dont fight, we free up on a block. but Task force is here every day searching for what. What The same police that searching Us are the same one we see at the drug dealers home. If time a Good Example. They Meet their friend children and they let them go with large quantity of weed. Why dont you all go where the hard drugs are located. NOT WALLHOUSE… If you start you should go Morne Daniel.. St. Aroment.. and all the Rich people Communities…

  3. Anonymous
    July 10, 2012

    police need to quit harassing poor people, they’re very much aware of where the drug factories are :-|

    • June 9, 2015

      They need to meet the mule at the airport and stop this stuff from getting into the country.

      Forget the little guys who peddle in the streets, clubs, and whorehouses, and go for the man at the top. Take out the drug lord responsible for importing the stuff and the industry will fall like a house of cards. This kind of hit requires more expertise and involves undercover work. It takes longer. But in an island nation of 70,000 it could be done.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  4. Anonymous
    July 10, 2012

    oh well!

  5. July 10, 2012

    All I have to say is the police/task force is not doing their job. Where was the “mobile patrol” when a 12 guage shotgun was carried lively by a man on FOOT this aint grand theft auto people. Instead they are harassing the poor guys not doing anything on the side of the road, not breaking into houses, nor robbing people, have no affiliations with the “white lady”. Come on people what is going on? The way I see the message being crossed is murder is better or more accepted than drugs. Lastly the COMMISSIONER I REPEAT THE COMMISSIONER of police is saying that some of his police officers are sleeping with the drug lords. Then again I ask my fellow Dominicans once again WHERE ARE THE SO CALLED CONCERNED “POLICE PATROL”. SMH SMH tsk tsk D/ca is really lost and damned but in everything it starts from the head enuff said. Everything backwards, my mother sending a little barrel of food stuff they ramsacking it and people having 40 foot containers of ??? nobody knows what and they CANNOT touch it. Smh D/CA is the next Haiti wait in time u will see. PEACE AND LOVE.

  6. baby
    July 10, 2012

    d one from morne prosper sell out enough people what goes around comes around,,,karma

  7. J/A
    July 10, 2012

    dem idiotic police in d/a that all they can do drive around the place harassing people all of them know who is dem big drug dealers in d/a meeting a man on the side of the road with a little weed is not getting of any drug problem in d/a is just sending a poor man to jail go after the big boys and them all you know all of them

    • Mohamed
      July 10, 2012

      they working for the big one so jail them self and let the big one do their dirty work so they can be caught.

  8. no love
    July 10, 2012

    poor allan..ms. stwart is right..how they know it was weed..no buds…bare pias or so i heard…smh…drug squad leave river street, new town ghetto, pottersville, to come right wallhouse…wake up dominicans…

    • Anonymous
      July 10, 2012

      What’s your point? What does location have to do with an offence/crime being committed? Are you saying that residents of Wall House are immuned from police/drug squad patrol because is not Ghetto, Pottersville etc?
      An offence is an offence regardless of where it was committed.

      • no love
        July 10, 2012

        listen bro, or broad..what im saying is exactly what i said..Drug squad base is morne bruce. So they passed new town ghetto,river street, washington..kingshill..all the places where bare crime stay happening..hard drugs..to come to wallhouse, aka english retirement home to harrass kids on a block who not causing any crimes but blazing a joint? bare pias the youte man had…lol that is the funniest part..

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