Men get $125,000 bail on drugs, firearm and ammunition charges

courtMagistrate Asquith Riviere on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of EC$125,000 to three men charged with drugs, firearm and ammunition. Two of the three were able to post bail with proper sureties while one is now on remand waiting for a proper surety.

Armond Edwards of Paix Bouche was charged with possession of three live rounds of 14-gauge ammunition without a valid license; possession of one .22 Winchester rifle, with serial number B1329091, without a firearms license; possession of 42 live rounds of .22 ammunition without a valid license; possession of 64 rounds of .22 ammunition without a valid license; possession of (6) six live rounds of .380 ammunition with a valid license and possession of (3) three live rounds of .22 ammunition without being the holder of a valid license.

He pleaded not guilty and the prosecution did not object to bail, however, he did not have a proper surety. He was represented by lawyer Wayne Norde.

Jerome Peter Lavashire of Portsmouth was charged with possession of three live rounds of 14 gauge ammunition with a valid license; possession of (1) one .22 Winchester rifle serial number B1329091 without a firearms license; possession of 42 live rounds of .22 ammunition without a valid license; possession of 64 rounds of .22 ammunition without a valid license; possession of (6) six live rounds of .380 ammunition with a valid license and possession of (3) three live rounds of .22 ammunition without being the holder of a valid license.

He pleaded not guilty and the prosecution did not object to bail he was granted bail in the sum of EC$125,000.00 with Annick Giraud standing as surety. He is to report to the Portsmouth Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6am and 6pm; surrender all his travel documents to the court; prohibited from traveling without the permission of the court; must reside at the same address and if he requires to change must so inform the court 72 hours in advance. Any breaches will result in revocation of bail. He is represented by Tiyani Behanzin.

Trevor Benedict Rodney, also of Portsmouth, was charged with possession of three live rounds of 14 gauge ammunition with a valid license; possession of (1) one .22 Winchester rifle serial number B1329091 without a firearms license; possession of 42 live rounds of .22 ammunition without a valid license; possession of 64 rounds of .22 ammunition without a valid license; possession of (6) six live rounds of .380 ammunition with a valid license and possession of (3) three live rounds of .22 ammunition without being the holder of a valid license.

He is also charged with possession of 1,141 grams of cocaine with intent to supply on July 28, 2016; possession of 569 grams of cocaine with intent to supply on July 27, 2016 and possession of 24,000 grams of cocaine with intent to supply on July 27, 2016

He pleaded not guilty and the prosecution did not object to bail he was granted bail in the sum of EC$125,000.00 with Daron Samuel and Clive Rodney as sureties.

He is to report to the Portsmouth Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 6am and 6pm; surrender all his travel documents to the court; prohibited from traveling without the permission of the court; must reside at the same address and if he requires to change must so inform the court 72 hours in advance. Any breaches will result in revocation of bail. Kondwani Williams held papers for Zena Dyer.

One other person a female is still in police custody and is yet to be charged. She reportedly fell ill while in custody and had to be taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital for medical treatment.

The illegal substances were seized during a police operation on Wednesday, July 27.

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13 Comments

  1. UHURU
    August 5, 2016

    As soon as Dominicans quit taking drugs the drug trade will cease. As long as we have addicts and drug users, we have buyers and sellers. don’t blame the game !

  2. August 5, 2016

    Reasoning:

    I agree there should be no bail for these crimes.

    In many cases the courts are over worked and there is a long wait for the trial. Bail saves the State from paying “board” for these people while they are awaiting trial. It may not be this way in Dominica but here in Canada we have parolees continuing their nastiness while they are out on bail.

    The grace of God can change the human heart. If they will believe the gospel and receive Christ as their Savior God will not only forgive their sins. He will break the bondages of sin in their lives, and give them a new beginning.

    I encourage all who want God’s salvation to get a Bible and read:

    1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
    Romans 1:16
    John 3:16,17
    John 1:10-12
    Revelation 3:20

    Read these verses over and over until you understand what they are saying. Believe what they promise.
    You will not only avoid a life of crime. You will reach heaven at the end of the journey.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • UHURU
      August 5, 2016

      As soon as you can prove that the man written bible is flawless, then you might make some sense.
      Why don’t you address the rampant corruption on the island and stop hiding behind the teachings of words which hold the mental chains to the minds of the weak and scared. You are a perfect example of a good example of a bad example !

  3. Tell the Facts
    August 4, 2016

    I am unable to comprehend that these drug traffickers have so many guns and ammunition. These are not good men. So if you want to traffic in drugs why all these guns and ammunition? It shows what they are out for.
    Men, you must cease your evil activities which do not benefit anyone. The eyes of the Lord are upon you and your actions. The day will come when you will pay for your crimes/sins in a worst way. Never take God for granted. He who cannot be deceived will not be taken for granted.
    Repent! Worship God! Make restitution in the form of penance and sacrifice also for atonement. Do good and save your souls. Do not allow the day to come when you will live to regret it forever.
    Fellow Dominicans we must fervently pray to eradicate all sorts of crimes especially in Dominica. God hears prayers and will answer them in due time.
    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me! :lol: :lol: :lol: Honor and glory be to God! Praise the Lord!

  4. Mike Portsmouth
    August 4, 2016

    Reasoning every one is innocent until proven guilty. Even though one may say there is not law I my country there is s justice system. These folks won’t be the first to try and survive using the fast lane. I don’t uphold their radical and illicit behavior however let the system do its job.

  5. UDOHREADYET
    August 4, 2016

    These are the same people that are robbing people left and right. Apparently Portsmouth and Roseau full or Karwats!

  6. August 4, 2016

    The drug smugglers always seem to have bail money.

  7. August 4, 2016

    Paix-bouche? What i ‘m reading here? What was his plan? Jail him quick please ! I don’ want to read anything worst.

  8. Tjebe fort
    August 4, 2016

    Dominica, bail heaven!

    • UDOHREADYET
      August 4, 2016

      That is an obvious circumstance where bail should be granted. until the 3 can be prosecuted if they are found guilty. So what’s the problem?

  9. August 3, 2016

    Those Guys were armed to their teeth, so to speak. Im inthe Wrong profession. I should be a Lier. Wink, wink! Sorry i stand corrected. i meant to say, Lawyer. Hope our dedicated investigartors follow the trail and orgin of all that fire power, cause left un checked can lead to big propblems in the near future. Once again great work by all to take those ### out of circulation. A.S. A. P.

    • Tell the Facts
      August 4, 2016

      I thought you meant Liar. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      Yes according to the song by a Barbadian calypsonian, as I recall which is entitled, Lawyers Are Liars.
      There are different types of lawyers. These are criminal lawyers. I would not want to be one of them.
      Do not envy them. In the long run their money which they cannot take with them will not benefit them. They will have much to account to God for.

  10. Reasoning
    August 3, 2016

    :mrgreen: They were caught,yet not guilty! Hope they don’t get away :?: Wouldn’t be surprised if they do get away,knowing this island especially where they’re coming from ! By the way, in my opinion,there should be no bail in such criminal activities and they should face the maximum sentence of both fine and confinement with all assets seized!!! Drug dealers and traffickers needs to be treated as heinous and notorious criminals ! It’s time that all governments deal harshly with those caught in such acts ! Then again, knowing the type of rogues this island has posing as government, i’ve got no hopes of seeing any strict rules of law and order in that land !!!

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