Men facing multiple drug charges granted bail

Defendants being taken away after court

Five men, who were arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses, jointly appeared before Magistrate Ossie Lewis today and were granted bail in the sum of $200,000 each.

The accused are Kervin Christopher of Kingshill, Kevin Laville and  Bernard Benjamin of Tan Tan, Renaldo Joseph of Roseau and Jeremiah Challenger of Bath Estate.

The defendants all pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges of importation of cannabis, importation of cocaine, possession of cannabis, possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Jeremiah Challenger also faced a charge of use of a fraudulent license having been accused of operating a vehicle with a false license number, GA365. He also pleaded not guilty to that charge.

According to the police prosecution, the defendants were found to be in possession of 12 kg of cocaine, with a street value of $320,400, and 883g (almost two pounds) of cannabis having a street value of $1,940.

They were arrested on Wednesday Pointe Michel/Loubiere area.

Each defendant was granted bail by Magistrate Lewis in the sum of $200,000, two of whom presented sureties. Challenger and Christopher both were released on bail, conditioned upon their reporting to the Roseau Police Station every Monday and Friday, between 7 am and 7  pm.

The remaining defendants were remanded until sureties could be found for them.

In another twist to the matter both Challenger and Christopher were again arrested immediately after being released, reportedly to answer to charges related to money laundering.

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87 Comments

  1. Posse
    December 24, 2011

    Wong Ping not LAZY that’s why he has a job!

  2. sinner
    September 5, 2011

    it is so easy to cast stones after these young men. let’s stop and think for a while-they need prayers like like you and i (please forgive me for saying). I used to be like most of you until one on these young men happen to be related to me.think. change. pray.

  3. 1979
    September 5, 2011

    I hear that the powder is more fashionable for young people now as there is no smoke blowing in people face…. hmmmm so much for pressing the weed…

  4. just cool
    September 5, 2011

    Well it was about time the Dominica Police Force make some inroads with these drug men.The law makes them believe they are untouchable, this time around they have gone too far even using GA???? what is next?? These people have no heart, they only think of themself and their household. Good job officers, this was long overdue.

  5. Negwes
    September 5, 2011

    HMMMMM….. what makes dealing drugs murder? every individual has there own choice to buy or use any substance they feel. if dealing drugs is murder then the biggest murderer is the dealers of pharmaceutical drugs, or legal drugs. You also have the business who sell alcohol…… and fast food, when they know it destroys the liver and fast foods increases cholesterol intake, which could lead to obesity or clogging of the arteries and so much more complications. just giving a different view. lol

  6. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011

    After one is another.. if is not police is politicians that doing nonsense, them man on thier hustle… allu know why the law mad vex with this situation?… BUSH AND SOAP them man had.. BUSH AND SOAP!!!! hahahaha, money laundering?… allu WISH!!!! FREE The Ghetto Youts them, JAIL the Real criminals, the politicians that make us poorer and the police men who do not let justice prevail!!!!

  7. Trouble
    September 5, 2011

    boowo hold your head

  8. ENCORE!!
    September 4, 2011

    I did not want to be the first but I said to myself ‘Miah again”!! It is hard to understand how some people are given a second chance and they blow it miserably. That man has a supportive family, he went through one crisis and here he is again. My point? The justice system sucks!! If he was found culpable in the first crime he would not be out there to repeat. I feel so sorry for his Dad.

    • Anonymous
      September 4, 2011

      hope ur life better….clean up ur backyard first.

  9. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 3, 2011

    12 kilos of cocaine is a bit much for small Dominica. I guess times have changed for the worse. This amount sounds like something the DEA would seize in the US. Wow!!

    • cry
      September 4, 2011

      Are you kidding.There are guys in Dominica bringing in between 200 and 300 keys a shot.12 keys is nothing.

  10. me
    September 3, 2011

    ease them up on the weed…..charge then hard for the cocaine…. but then again, that is another dead case. we are now leaving in a society where we cannot even rely on our law makers….. you only take jail for those things when you poor and have 1.5 grams of weed in your at your home……hummmmmmm

    • Anonymous
      September 5, 2011

      where allu hearing is BUSH and SOAP them police get on them man? you doe see they grant them bail then hold them again for “money laundering”!!! hmmmm. the police them mad vex! hahahaha

  11. thickness4so
    September 3, 2011

    not guilty to all dem charges?? hmmm. dyer behind dat man?

    • unknown
      September 5, 2011

      SO YOU DONT KNOW THAT .. MISS DRUG LADY I CALLIN HER .. THE CAN CATCH YOU WID A MURDER WEAPON IN YOUR HAND .. JUST GO BY HER AND GIVE HER A COUPLE THOUSANDS AND YOU MUST GET BAIL ..

      • 1979
        September 5, 2011

        same can be said about the PMs senior council…..hmmm??? 8)

  12. a nice guy
    September 3, 2011

    PPL remember.. bail is not a money maker for any gov’t.. it is merely a means to get those charged to show up in court, and upon showing up and fullfilling the obligation, it MUST be refunded

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      September 3, 2011

      Refunded only if the person turns up in court on the appointed dates.

      • unknown
        September 5, 2011

        THE AMOUNT OF BAIL MONEY GOVERMENT HAVE GATHER UP THEY .. THE ONWER OF THE JEEP THEY HOLD WITH THE GA HE DIDNT KILL SOMEBODY YEARS AGO YET STILL HE STILL WALKIN ON THE ROAD .. THE PARTER GRAND BAY I TALKIN ABOUT .. WE ALL KNOW WHO .. BUT WE AFRAID TO TALK CAUSE ALL YOU KNOW HE IS A BAD MAN ..

  13. PACA TAN
    September 3, 2011

    So the boy just lose his ride eh!!!!….Jah Miah!!!

  14. Yes Fada!
    September 3, 2011

    So why is it that police brutality is prevailing in this country? We all know that drug trafficking and anything else to do with it is illegal…but why beat a man who is already being detained for his crime? And these MF’s are as thick as thieves, first thing they say “he was resisting arrest”. One of the men is being held on remand with a fractured shoulder, can bearly move and they are not allowing him the medical attention that he needs. People are not animals you know. I think this “Task Force” is gonna cause chaos in DA….

    • FF
      September 7, 2011

      The man being held with the fractured shoulder is my family member . I don’t condone his lifestyle but i agree he should be given medical attention. This is not the first time that police officers arrest a family member of mine and claim they resisted arrest. They did the same thing to a cousin of mine just because he was drunk and said he resisted. They burst his eyes, had blood coming from his ears and still had him locked up in a cell without medical attention. If i had not go in dere and open my mouth he would have bleed to death. I had to involve on of the ministers to call dem to have him taken to the hospital.This police brutality needs to stop. I am 100% behind the police officers for doing dere jobs but i will not support them killing of physically hurting anybody in the process. Now to the Police dept in Dominica. I urge you to take Bernard Benjamin to the hospital for his fractured shoulder. We know the office who beat him and we as a family will take action is he does not get the medical attention that her needs!!!!!!!!!!

      • Yes Fada!
        September 7, 2011

        Man, I telling you. Famo up there a whole week now suffering, and they talking crap ’bout he resisted arrest. He did not, belive you me. He didn’t even have a reason to cause he was clean! Them cops just decide to exercise on him, as usual that’s all they do. But it’s all good…after the case, if a lawsuit can’t prevail on this matter, we spoiling one! Remember what was happening in days of Mamiez and Montagne and Papa? Who feel ants walking in their belly, who run off road high day, who was feeling jumbie all in their toe. Drugs is a bad trade, but u kyah treat ppl like animals. Benji (Famo) is my next of kin and I will see to it that someone pays for what they did to him, trust me!

  15. September 3, 2011

    The magistrates and lawyers get their cuts

  16. September 3, 2011

    What happened to the man from Canefield? It is terrible that his name has not been mentioned and all the other’s names have been mentioned. And they’ll find guns in his house, which the police have done nothing about. The police are very biased because they are not releasing his name and giving him potential lenience. But, everyone knows who the man from Canefield is…it is not a secret.

    • dominican
      September 3, 2011

      is that canefield man in the canefield urban council?

    • Oh I See
      September 5, 2011

      You must be a very sorry ass at this time. Keep on dreaming!!

  17. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    What happened to the man from Canefield? It is terrible that his name has not been mentioned and all the other’s names have been mentioned. And they’ll find guns in his house, which the police have done nothing about. The police are very biased because they are not releasing his name and giving him potential lenience. But, everyone knows who the man from Canefield is…it is not a secret.

    • Oh I See
      September 5, 2011

      Keep on dreaming!!

  18. caribbean genius
    September 3, 2011

    For all those asking about bail…

    What u guys fails to realise is the law has become big business and money earner for the gov. Catch them, charge them so the treasure get money and let them go to keep the stream of money flowing.

  19. September 3, 2011

    THE POLICE IS NEGATIVELY AFFECTING A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR TO OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH.
    LET GO DEM FELLAS PLEASE!

    • dominican
      September 3, 2011

      is not the police jack. is the law. who makes the laws in parliament? drugs is murder anyway. don’t you have a concience when you see the paros in roseau?them drug men too greedy too.i am almost 1005 sure that someof these handsome young men are educated and talented to try a better and legal way to make a living. some of them have children. how would they feel if i come at their home and give their five years old child crack in juice or in cake? a word to the wise is enought.examine your concience man.

    • September 4, 2011

      MY GOD! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
      CAN’T YOU SEE I’M KIDDING?
      LIGHTEN UP SHALL WE

      MY BIGGER POINT IS THAT DRUG MONEY IS FLOWING LIKE WATER IN THE ECONOMY; I DON’T MEAN TO LET THE GUYS GO. COME ON.

      BLESSINGS

    • 1979
      September 5, 2011

      LOLOLOL LMAOOOOOOOOO ohh gosh this one caught me off guard…..u know c.bruce we must get together and make a comic strip for DNO….

      • September 5, 2011

        LOL YEAH! 79 THESE PEOPLE ARE SO SLOW!

  20. patty shack
    September 3, 2011

    So the one with the rental canefield his name not calling? He that is the real man behind all that! He get bail together with them other man and because of his status they not talking about him??? that is not fair!!!!! and free up miah name in allu dirty mouths!

  21. observant
    September 3, 2011

    Those stupid criminals. They committing crimes, then the lawyer advises plead not guilty. Then they tell the police go and do their work. Then they meet and discuss, discuss, you have to keep paying them all the time. Then they rich. Then you broke. Someone not seeing that is strategy?

    • patty shack
      September 3, 2011

      You thats the idiot! you doh know after a case prolong for a while it gets thrown out most of the time? why should they plead not guilty when they might just be able to fight the case and might win based on technicalities? just wait and watch what happens lol

    • dominican
      September 3, 2011

      you are very wise. i am sure that each man chipin some tong to buy the stuff so all of the have a share and are equally guilty. you see they have gotten through so many times before and wasted and bling with the money they amke. easy come easy go. but none of them are brave enough to plead guilty. very coward.i guess by now each one is trying to pin each other.ok you invest 50.000 and you make 50,000 a first time well use the money and do something legal. they so greedy they investing more a next time and one day for the law comes home. they lose everything. stupid.

      • 1979
        September 5, 2011

        yeah very foolish indeed…..quittng while you are ahead is not the same as quitting…..

  22. north man
    September 3, 2011

    what good job them police doing , if ppl do call them they staying sleeping , look at what they get v/case they could just stay there and wait for someone to come get those weed and there someone would have to pay for it , they take those weed and stil that the guy to be able to get more , that was not to good by the police when they could have someone with the drugs

  23. anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    ALL YOU LIKE TO SNITCH IN DOMINICA.DE PLACE TO SLOW.IF IT WAS TRINIDAD ALL YOU WOULDN’T BE RUNNING ALL YOU BIG MOUTH CAUSE ALL YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT COMING FOR ALL YOU.

  24. anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    FREE UP DEM MAN.

    • 1979
      September 5, 2011

      go and free them up nuh! 8)

  25. true dominican
    September 3, 2011

    What happen to the other man from canefield? He to was bail and re-arrested on money laundering. Is DNO being bias? i would like to know.

    • simple mind
      September 3, 2011

      …or maybe the police ask DNO not to post the pictures of such honorable men ?10 to 1 they were already seen posing with so&so.

      • dominican
        September 3, 2011

        is true. if one of them had won the loto their pic would be there. let the children and parents know the poeple who are destroying their chilren and class mates.

  26. fairness
    September 3, 2011

    what happen to their photos? u all could put an innocent woman through agony by displaying her photos in the gage case but all the real criminal photos are hiding?

  27. MASSACRE
    September 3, 2011

    THIS JUSTICE SYSTEM IN DOMINICA IS A JOKE. WE HAVE BEEN GIVING THE POLICE SO MUCH PRESSURE ABOUT THEIR LACK OF ACTION ON CRIME AND DRUGS ACTIVITIS AND NOW THAT THEY HAVE DONE SUCH A REMARKABLE AND COMMENDABLE JOB BY TAKING THESE CRIMINALS AND DRUGS OFF THE STREET, THE MAGISTRATE REACTED WITH SUCH SLACKNESS THAT HE RELEASED THEM BACK TO THE STREETS TO CONTINUE THEIR DIRTY WORK OF POLLUTING OUR KIDS??
    IT IS TIME WE GET SERIOUS MAJISTRATES IN Da. NOW WE SHOULD BE ASKING ON WHICH SIDE OF THE LAW ARE SOME OF OUR MAJISTRATES???
    DOMINICA IS TOO SMELL FOR ALL THESE DRUGS IN OUR SOCIETY, PUT THESE GUYS AWAY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.SEND A STRONG MESSAGE.

  28. UNBELIEVABLE!!
    September 3, 2011

    Surprise, surprise, surprise! We grant them bail, we find them not guilty of manslaughter, we just give them multiple chances to be repeat offenders.

  29. Truth be Told
    September 3, 2011

    Good job officers. They have big expensive vehicles and they do not even have a Social Security number, meaning that the are not working anywhere.

    I JUST HOPE THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED.

  30. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011

    When last did a drug offender get jail time? As if now the whole dam system is a joke. And i agree is not no dam good job that will keep them away from this shit.

    Look at how many people have good jobs and involved in it. Is easy money they want. As my granny would say yo toe ahviege (lol at my patios spelling)

    • 1979
      September 5, 2011

      SMDH>>>>if you knew my story you would not be saying that…….you will never find everybody the same my brother…. there ARE people genuinely looking for the way out. you think its desirable to live every waking moment looking over your shoulder for the police, your friends and still your enemies….to be out there taking ocean spray at night for hours, hearing the ribs of the boat straining when it bang against the waves, with helicopters hovering over you and every light u see approaching have you paranoid… you like a mercenary landing illegally on foreign beaches, and speeding on the highway with some heavy duty jail time in a backpack??? running, running , running, running. at times have to sleep in old cars and old houses, or in people porch like a stray dog when they close to sleep for the night…. u know what it is to have nothing and no way out, and having to rob somebody or pull a chain to eat???? i will admit there are those who love their drugs and the adrenaline when it mix in their blood…. but it is a cut throat way to live those who start living that way, eventually die in it because they end up owing, hooked on drugs, murdered in a country where they are illegal and therefore unknown…drowning at sea. or doing jail time…..no body sees the real DRUG LIFE… all they see is the bling bling….everyone is the victim in the drug game…. the dealers more paro money than the paro loves the drugs…..when u see the risks that men take to make that dirty money….it comes fast, but not easy….. Those who realize what the price is often want to get out. but that is often when it is too late…

      drug debt, addiction and a tarnished reputation…. the latter being the most detrimental. because when dominincans tounge brand you NO WATER CAN WASH YOU!

  31. chicken leg
    September 3, 2011

    that’s a sell out.

  32. Some Sense
    September 2, 2011

    one thing they like to give bail ehh

    • jade
      September 3, 2011

      Everybody is innocent until proven guilty….so since u have a surety and its a bailable offence u will bailed no doubt

  33. Anonymous
    September 2, 2011

    The name Jeremiah Challenger sounds familiar. Is he associated with Brizee Mart. I expect to hear more about him. Once, twice thrice,

    • patty shack
      September 3, 2011

      you sound like a little hater lol…

    • September 3, 2011

      You should be clear when you ask if he is associated with brizeemart becaue you give some sought of negative impression of brizeemart. You no doubt are referring to the murder which took place in the yard of brizeemart some years ago and you should state that clearly.

    • dominican
      September 3, 2011

      GOD is not a police. good always wins evil. just have patience. is he self miah.them man have children you know. so what if someone gives their child that same cocaine , how will they feel?

    • seasoning pepper
      September 5, 2011

      what about Renaldo the same ‘ROCKS’ from “MAD SQUAD” they don’t give up they do the time come out and back into the same thing again.

      • 1979
        September 5, 2011

        Was “Renaldo” involved??? you don’t even have the mans name right…..SMH if I have one thing to say, “ROCKS” has made progress with his life, he has battled with his crack addiction which is expected to be life long. with no help from critics like you….Hold strong Rocksy, judgment is for GOD and not man.

  34. C.
    September 2, 2011

    WAIT WAIT WAIT . CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHATS GOING ON? WERE THESE GUYS HELD WITH THE SAID DRUGS? IF SO WHY ARE THEY GIVEN BAIL? SO IS SMOKEING A SPLIF A WORST CRIME THAN DEALING DRUGS OR IS IT THAT THESE MAGIESTRAITS HAVE A CUT IN THE DRIG DEALS? SO IF NOT WHY IS IT ALL THOSE FOUND WITH DRUGS LARGE AMOUNTS INCLUDED ALWAYS GIVEN BAIL. THESE PEOPLE ARE DISTROYING OUR YOUTHS/ FAMILIES/ COUNTRY AND SOCIET, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SEND THEM AT LEAST 10YR HARD HARD HARD LABOUR

    • dominican
      September 3, 2011

      that is what dominicans need to revolt about and demonstrate for. more harsh penalties. go out on the streets and force the government to put new laws in place. possession of cocaine should be compulsary jail sentence for 50years and they need to remove the term maximum and let the nature of the case ditermine.

      • 1979
        September 5, 2011

        read that comment back to yourself…. is this the same Dominican, who said he was sorry for me??? I guess our passions differ, but this could potentially land a large number of our young, strong men and women of working age in jail for 50 years, just for possession….do you care to re evaluate your statement???

  35. I am in love with me
    September 2, 2011

    Miah u good. Still in dat boss

  36. Now for Now
    September 2, 2011

    Stop blaming the supplier, blame the users. It’s basic economics of supply and demand. If nobody were to buy the drugs, then nobody would sell them. Drug awareness needs to start in kindergarten and pre-school. Primary school is too late.

    Also besides the occasional burglaries to facilitate drug purchase, most of the users are affluent and wealthy members of our society who have discretionary income to feed their habit.

    Sting operation is in the making so if you are one of these wealthy drug users,,you are being watched. You will be caught and dealt with, now for now!

  37. September 2, 2011

    i cannot see the faces of the men.

  38. D/a Massive
    September 2, 2011

    Good work officers. Keep the pressure on.

  39. for sure
    September 2, 2011

    “they doh wanna work for it” “they want it now””they want it now” hahahahahaha

  40. dominican abroad
    September 2, 2011

    them young people need jobs raeal job so they can earn a living rather than selling drugs, thecnecal scool like plumming electrcal carpentry nursing exceterra, to keep theem out of truable.

    • Homeboy
      September 2, 2011

      Who tell you real jobs will make them stop sell drugs? They want easy money

      • little observer
        September 3, 2011

        WHO TELL YOU THAT SELLING DRUGS IS EASY MONEY ?risking your life to cross the seas on open small boat to go vincy and colombia can never be easy money. it is fast money but not easy money. Dealing drugs is hard work and the most dangerous on planet earth.

      • lightbulb
        September 3, 2011

        Rah saw it coming, sung about it, and people still eh listen.. but so it is.

      • ;lets gooo
        September 3, 2011

        welll said little observer give any of those easy money sayers a kilo or a lb an i betting they gettin hungry before they can even make a dollar to feed there own stomach talk is cheap easy money is just words putting in that hard work is the action

      • dominican
        September 3, 2011

        they too greedy.poor people need to accept that they are only causing more poverty when they try to get wealthy over night instead of being contented and working legally with what the have. some of them also want to live a high life.

    • Just sayin'
      September 2, 2011

      Nicely stated. You could be a DNO reporter with your language skills.

      • Anonymous
        September 2, 2011

        lol…what a piece of sarcasm….but I agree that person needs to do spell check before they post

      • STUPES...
        September 3, 2011

        :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :mrgreen: lmao

    • Sout Man
      September 2, 2011

      The United States has technical schools for blumbing, electrical, etc., yet they consume more illegal drugs than any other country in the world. A few hours selling illegal drugs yield more income than an honest 8 hour day job thus giving dealers the incentive to sell drugs instead. Education is very important but we need to look into other avenues like decriminalizing certain drugs like “ganja”, (the potent buzz!). The availability of more herb will decrease the price and the dependence on other drugs. That will also cut down on crime significantly. Some European countries have already proved that it works. Employers will still be free to have random mandatory drug tests for their employees, if they so desire and that will serve as a disincentive to use drugs.

      • Like it is
        September 4, 2011

        Sout Man, that is very true.

    • Kaval
      September 2, 2011

      Jeremiah Challenger used to work as a plumber…so he did have a real job…guess he didn’t like to work hard and preferred easy money instead…so when u don’t know nothing don’t open your mouth…

      • Bonez
        September 4, 2011

        you to stupid, when did miah ever work as a plumper

    • One Love
      September 2, 2011

      8-O wong-ping have the jobs

    • September 3, 2011

      Some who work still deal drugs. Its all about the money and the bling

    • 1979
      September 5, 2011

      @ homeboy … what would u know about it???

    • 1979
      September 5, 2011

      so all mighty knower and his 32 disciples …..what do you suggest instead of jobs???????????????????????

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