Record $1-million bail in drug case

Clevo Gabriel (left), Jones St. Jean

Two men who were slapped with drug charges by the police received bail in the whopping sum of $1-million when they appeared in a Roseau court on Monday.

Jones “Jeff” St. Jean of Portsmouth and Clevo Gabriel of Highland, Grand Bay are facing charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply, importation of cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine.

They have both pleaded not guilty to to the charges.

The two were arrested in a recent series of successful anti-drug operations by the police which have netted huge amounts of the illegal substance.

Albert Gabriel, Courtney Walsh and Kelvin Gabriel stood as Gabriel’s bail surety and Junnie St. Jean stood as surety for Jones St Jean.

As condition of bail the men are to surrender all travel documents to the authorities. Additionally Gabriel must report to the Grand Bay Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm while St. Jean must report to the Portsmouth Police Station at the same days and time.

The two were arrested after 100,000 gram of cocaine were found by members of the the Coast Guard, Customs and Drug Squad personnel of the Marine Unit who intercepted an open keel boat at 10:30 pm on Thursday, August 9 off the coast of Roseau.

The boat, named “Just In Time”, was powered by two 200 HP engines.

The cocaine is worth $2.6-million, according to the police.

The cocaine seized by the police

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93 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 29, 2012

    They use to sell it for the pm in 1980s

  2. Anonymous
    August 29, 2012

    When the druges was coming to morpo in grandbay it wasnt clevo an his family . Go on the block an ask who because they hold him now all u dom in a can belive he is the worst

  3. Anonymous
    August 29, 2012

    Well they hold clevo no more druges will come to dominica

  4. August 29, 2012

    allu dominicain love to talk about people business but all prime minister selling u guys little by little and u guys don’t talk about but people business is all, u guys concern about mind all u business………………………..

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2012

      Tell it to them

  5. Jackie Brown
    August 29, 2012

    The boat is named ‘Just In Time’ they met their fate ‘At The Righ Time’.

  6. The truth
    August 28, 2012

    In this instance I say give them bail! If they run they will still have to face the charges when they come back. Plus, that’s a million for the gov to spend somewhere for a good purpose. If they can put up a million bail they have good money. Think drugs easy?

  7. Anonymous
    August 28, 2012

    We cannot have a double standard system, we cry when bail is too high and cry when its too low. Its just drugs, do you guys want a 10 mil bail. what people need to realise is only a percentage of that 1 mil is needed, so they dont have to produce the entire 10 million. These criminals have rights too maybe thats why they get bail. Hint Hint. The law states bail has to be reasonable to the crime. And in the world of drugs thats small weight that these guys are moving. Just saying. Wise up people.

  8. god child
    August 28, 2012

    why do we grant such people bail and sometimes bail is for one set i think the authorities need to be more tight DA to slack man too many people doing things easy and getting away with it like nothing that is why the nation can never build and we fail to see that and blame people that has no need for it come on court do something use full for once is not murderers alone that deserve jail time . You do not stop them they embarrass and spoil our names in other countries and the bail money goes to who exactly

  9. HEY
    August 28, 2012

    It’s a record they give them one million dollars in bail, but i think the record is.. “THEY MAKE THE BAIL!” We crying brokes but some people seem to be hiding money in high and low places. is those that like to play part they cannot dress, or they brokes or they only sharing with who they want… they that have all the money.

    • dcan in gwada
      August 28, 2012

      what u want them to do?dump all in your house for u ?

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2012

      Goo get yours

  10. MOUN GWAH BAY
    August 28, 2012

    damn clevo you rollin dat deep? i left so such an irie soft spoken fellow….man im just shocked…i hope you learn from this and leave drugs alone.IT RUINS LIVES LIKE A DOMINO EFFECT!

  11. van
    August 28, 2012

    Why Bail? Straight to jail I say after finding out the mastermind behind such a big haul.

  12. Anonymous
    August 28, 2012

    When the time come for the case to call they will dismiss it because the drugs will not be found, too many corupt and dirty cops in the force.

  13. him
    August 28, 2012

    $ 1 000 000.00 cannot buy back someone’s life!
    LOLLIPOP ! LOLLIPOP! LOLLIPOP! TOO SOFT !

    • Justice and Truth
      August 29, 2012

      @ him

      Not a billion dollars and a billion years of imprisonment. They must make restitution to God in the form of worship, prayer and penance to appease Him and obtain His forgiveness and eternal salvation. God knows how sincere they are and if He will forgive them.

  14. nature Girl
    August 28, 2012

    Sorry, this makes me very upset! Why do the courts allow drug dealers who have been caught red handed out on bail! This is ludicrous. Have they taken away their boat or are they allowed to conduct business as usual?? It really does not make sense at all!!!!!!!!

    • Justice and Truth
      August 29, 2012

      @ nature girl

      Let us look at it positively. If they ‘bail out’, the government will get $1M from their sureties. Consider what the amount of money could do for Dominica.

  15. ...............
    August 28, 2012

    This is no punishment… Wish they were sent behind bars for the remainder of their lives.There should be no comfort for those who are KILLING our people.

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2012

      People killing themself

  16. live fast_die fast
    August 28, 2012

    yesa yesa i seeing mr everyday in possie wi.drugs the man dealing like that wi papa met.weh weh marmmiz your money finish wi lol.pay de million dollars bail all u can afford that man ,lol all u sell enough drugs already.99 days for the thief 1 day to ketch him .it have more in possie that selling drugs.the police will ketch all u one by one.make sure they take at least 20 years jail.

  17. Anonymous
    August 28, 2012

    I would like to understand how this bail thing works. Do those persons posting bail have to prove that they have money or property to the value of thr bail?

    • True
      August 28, 2012

      Yes

      • Anonymous
        August 28, 2012

        Thanks much, so should the authorities be investigating those persons to find out the source of their wealth?

    • DOMINICAN
      August 28, 2012

      yes. but guess what it the person runs away and the srety cannot pay the amount he will have to give up property adding up to the amoung and or go to jail to make up for the missing amount.that is serious business. think twice before you bail someone.

      • Anonymous
        August 29, 2012

        Family lose not u so shhhh

    • DOMINICAN
      August 28, 2012

      so that is where the financial task force comes in. they are getting the perfect oppotunity to know whom they need to investigate and seize their assets. the drugs money and property is being put on the names of fsmiliyand friends and they these family and friends bail them when they are caught. the system needs to do a more compehensive job.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 29, 2012

      @ Anonymous

      If they do not have the funds, they should have property/assets of equal value. They signed a surety to that effect. Otherise the men could not have been granted bail.

  18. Annon
    August 28, 2012

    Thanks to the US for the Drones, we are seeing results. Just don’t go to our hills to burn any weed, marijuana is the Healing of our Nation. Thank you!

  19. Anonymous
    August 28, 2012

    Dominicans stop it an pray

  20. :-)
    August 27, 2012

    What a joke that Dominican court system! They’ll pay their bail with the surplus made from their drug cartel, then flee and take their business elsewhere.
    What really happens with all that cocaine??
    I think the police will take that same drugs and redistribute it into society, and the cycle will start again. Three quarters of those “police officers” in Dominica dirty.
    Pure corruption

  21. (.) (.)
    August 27, 2012

    The bail should be set at $5 000,000 each.

  22. Anonymous
    August 27, 2012

    clevo turn to god ur family is praying for u

  23. ()
    August 27, 2012

    I am still waiting for the day when the court system on island will get serious with those who are killing ‘PAROING’ our people.
    These killers are still being pampered by the court. STUPPESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ..

  24. ____________________
    August 27, 2012

    The court system continues to JOKE with those who are destroying and killing our people.
    $1 000 000.00 for the amount of cocaine is laughable… Them guys must be having a part all nos so!

  25. JIM
    August 27, 2012

    A tap on the wrist, or a kiss on the cheek… I am not impressed!

  26. ****************
    August 27, 2012

    That’s no deterrent. NOT ENOUGH! Court system is not serious in Dominica.

  27. Curious
    August 27, 2012

    Can we have a photo of the opened packages? I want to see what they look like.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2012

      Nosy! :lol:

    • HATE
      August 27, 2012

      use google images!

    • ?
      August 28, 2012

      NO…. You will inhale all!

    • budman
      August 28, 2012

      no. maybe you dont realise this but opening it and you risk spillage whic would discount the weight. if the weight is off it coudl affect the case.

  28. Dominicanpearl2
    August 27, 2012

    Please take example on these 2 guys. It is not worth it. Try to earn an honest, legal dollar; you won’t have to be looking over your shoulders. Then when you get caught spend so much of your good days in prison. Crime does not pay.

  29. August 27, 2012

    yeah only jah sees and knows..but he pass on the message to the police and they got caught….good deeds rasta..good deeds.

  30. Anonymous
    August 27, 2012

    those police takeing drugs more seriusly.And acting like people life is nothing and setting people free when they kill

  31. Anonymous
    August 27, 2012

    Clevo ask god to forgive u.Ur family is on ur side

  32. Bail
    August 27, 2012

    Persons in the other drug bust at Layou were also granted bail today.

  33. Anonymous
    August 27, 2012

    Dem fellas going straight gwada!

  34. beholder
    August 27, 2012

    Dealers in crack cocaine, cocaine powder, crystal meth, heroine, and all other highly addictive, life destroying drugs should be treated as the dangerous criminals they are. Users should be treated as unfortunate individuals with an sickness. Up the anti on the importers and distributors, decriminalize the USE of all drugs but make drug treatment mandatory. That is the way to stop this scourge. It’s worked in Portugal. It can work in Dominica.

    • resident
      August 28, 2012

      unfortunately it can’t work in Dominica for simple reasons: 1) Dominica society is immature and a lot of social structures do not simply exist 2) Portugal is a southern rim of wealth-fare states and it has good healthcare system 3) Portugal has state-level policy strategy to deal with the drug abuse…Those things just don’t exist in Dominica and won’t come for next 30 years or so..

  35. "O" STRESS!
    August 27, 2012

    Now they have time to make a few trips and easily net a couple of Millions. You read it first on D.N.O I give them less than six months to be back in our system or some other country system” Ironically the court gave them the same bail conditions to report to the police at the same time giving them time to re group. Was that a set up for them to fry themselves sooner? One should be made to report at night and the other to follow right after we have no monitoring device on them so one of the best favor they can give us Dominicans is to just disappear. Stay tuned! The bail act is in the pipe Line???.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2012

      @ “O” Stress

      You made an excellent point; very smart. They really should not be reporting to the Police at the same time. They should keep them apart. In fact, they should be ordered not to interact with each other prior to the case being called. You should take this up with the Police Department or the authorities. They may change their format. It would be wise for them to do so.

      • buolay
        August 28, 2012

        read again report to two different police station.pss @ g-bay @ the same time and days.

      • "O" STRESS!
        August 28, 2012

        You just Did.

  36. T
    August 27, 2012

    Tho court system is really a joke…. Can’t believe it!

  37. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    August 27, 2012

    $1 000 000 EACH OR $500 000 EACH?

  38. GOM
    August 27, 2012

    My original comment was that they should be charged in court $2.6 million dollars each or 50 years behind bars.When i walk through Roseau it is absolutely shocking,the number of “PAROS” that we have on our streets, and these very traffickers (criminals) pass them straight on the street.The number of (paros) is just the same in all the villages throughout Dominicca.
    I believe we, or rather the court/justice system is too lenient on the ‘hard drug traffickers’. Unless serious punishments are impoosed on these criminals we will lose a significant percentage of our youths,and would be labour force.
    STILL TO LENIENT!

    • Observer
      August 28, 2012

      I agree with you. The bail condition and penalty if found guilty should be sufficiently prohibitve so as to discourage would-be criminals and would-be sureties. The penalty should be such that (in this case in particular), if found guilty the penalty has to be the estimated value of the drugs plus a 25% to help pay for the cost of the operations and court procedures or 50 years in prison with a condition that one must serve 2/3 of that time before being eligible for consideration for release. In addition,the bail sureties must also be mindful of the value and consequences of the crime before they rush to serve as surety. Such bail ocnditions must demand a cash value or land valued at more than the cost of the estimated street value of the drugs. Additionally, if the alleged criminals cannot show that they are gainfully employed, then they should be required to report to the police everyday, if not twice a day. These criminals have are known to flout the laws. Too often we see, alleged criminals giving absolute no sonsideration to bail ocnditions and even committing heinous crimes whilst on bail.

      There is every need now to explore or invest in the technology. These individuals must be given a an ankle or hand bracelet or some device that would alert the law enforcement officers about their movement whilst on bail. There movements should be limited within a small radius.

      This drug matter cannot be allowed to get out of hand. It must be stopped. These men are out on the streets of Dominica, there is nothing to stop them form getting into similar of even worst activities. We hear about the Cartels of Colombia and Mexico and the kind of societal dysfucntion that arises as a result of their criminal activities. Dominica’s small population is but a fraction of the populations of the cities and towns where the CARTELS operate. So please Mr PM, do what is right get tough on drugs.

      As part of the tough approach to drugs, you must look within the police too. There are too many crooked policement. Can you imagine one police officer with a salary of perhaps $2,300.00 married with a wife who is working for the state with a salary perhaps of the same amount. they have a family of two children. Is it possible that without winning the LOTTO or benefitting form a family trust or inheritance can invest in the region of $800,000.00 for a property (buying land and renovating the building thereon)and still buy a brand new motor-car uopwards of $80,000.00. The monthly payment on the car has to be around $1,000.00 a month, the mortgae is about $2,500.00, a conservative figure. What about college loan, license, insurance both personal health and property etc. School children have it that there is no smoke without fire especially when there are slight remarks about the police officer’s association with well known big drug dealers. That would be something for the IPO to investigate. Possession of property that cannot be accountaed for with ones legitimate income. The above stated figures are mere estimates. It would be nice for an IPO analysis of the present investments as against legal salaries.

      Time toget tough on drugs and also to eliminate crooked police officers.

  39. me
    August 27, 2012

    hip hip horay we finally have a justice system and commisioner that dont play,,,,,once again hip hip horay

    • same person
      August 27, 2012

      that does not say anything because when the case call they will charge them 50 thousand, which is peanuts….
      those magistrate aND JUDGES BLOW HOT STEAM IN THE COURT ROOM BUT WHEN ITS ALL OVER IS A SLAP ON THE WRIST

      • Justice and Truth
        August 27, 2012

        @ same person

        Why be negative and rush to premature judgment? Why not wait to see how much they will be charged or if they will be sentenced to imprisonment. $50,000 is a lot of money. Consider what you could do with that amount of money. :) If per chance they would be charged that amount, will they be able to pay that kind of money?

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2012

      Who laugh last laugh watt tell me

    • ??????????
      August 27, 2012

      That is still a joke man! Cocaine kill or have you living like a living dead you know man!. These criminals deserve tougher puniShment man! BUT IT IS AT LEAST A START.

    • %
      August 27, 2012

      Hurray for what! That is nothing.Peanuts.Them guys need to feel something that that will deter them, plus a jail sentence.Hurray for what…….

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2012

      @ me

      He promised that he would do his utmost. He is taking his obligation to Dominican nationals seriously. This should please nationals. It is a good start.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2012

      Drug dealers are so dangerous. They don’t care who they hurt. Once they get the money.

    • Peeping Tom
      August 28, 2012

      What does the Commissioner have to do with the size of the bail set?

  40. Monsieur Pawol
    August 27, 2012

    Jeff boy you putting your hard working mother to shame and your aunts too… i am very disappointed. A man like you is such a good fisherman, why dont you concentrate on fishing instead of drug peddling and who were you doing it for? surely not your family but they must bear the brunt of the problem… but leave the drug thing alone and turn to God… go to church boy and pray… you are a good person at heart… dont put yourself and your family in harms way for a few dirty dollars… your parents workiing too hard my brother for you to be tarnishing their good name. anyway the ball in your court… and the same aplies to the grandbay fello as well. i do not know him but turn to god… in him you will find all things good…just my advise…

    • T.dot
      August 27, 2012

      True say…only wish that he would take heed!

    • Jah toute pas tous
      August 27, 2012

      You kidding right? You forget the days of the gulf man. The gulf was the Meca of drug trafficking Monsieur Pawol. Unless you are way to young to remember the days of the gulf then I avoid refering to you as a hypocrite. Do your research and you will find out that Jeff was just carrying on with the business that he I am sure he was not ignorant about.
      Sometimes our biggest role models are our older sibblings. I remember tryingt to do evrything that my bigger brothers and sister did.

    • yam babawolais
      August 27, 2012

      Seriously !!!!.All you freeging pokwit in D/ca eh. I don’t understand the expression of surprise. One thing for sure someone just getting into the drug trade doesn’t just invest in a 2.6 million dollar shipment. The only logical conclusion is that the Gulf know the oil business and the people of Tan Tan know the ” Fishing” with really fast boats business.

      • Tanja Kittmer
        August 28, 2012

        Yeah and Indian River Twin 200’s are for fishing for sure right? Guess them done with moving people HALF way back and forth from Haiti, or is that just Ministry men doing all that?

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2012

      @ Monsieur P.

      There are plenty fishes in the sea to catch :) and to sell and make some good money in time. Sad that he chose a different route.

    • Chocolat
      August 28, 2012

      Wonder what that person pledged a $1M to represent him as surety, cash or property?

      • T.dot
        August 29, 2012

        @ Chocolate,the name of the one who did so is still on there easy to go find out!!!!

  41. Anonymous
    August 27, 2012

    Clevo u have people on ur side thank u jah

    • .
      August 27, 2012

      Yeah! Because the court was too da- soft on him!

    • Mamizoo
      August 27, 2012

      propably he should be concerned about the people that will be behind him up in stock farm. I have no compassion for drug dealers.

      • Anonymous
        August 29, 2012

        They was behind u frist

    • JahAngel
      August 27, 2012

      @ Anonymous stop being a “HYPOCRITE” u need not support these type of behavior. If your children were to use that very same cocaine that CLEVO brought into the country and steal things from your home to make money to buy the cocaine,then what would you say about CLEVO? I know for sure you would be that first one to say that he needs to be put behind bars for life. When something is wrong we must say it is wrong. You need to think before u make your comments.

      • Anonymous
        August 28, 2012

        Stop hating clevo an look in the mirro he is not a murderer u hypocrite

      • west side
        August 28, 2012

        @JahAngel>>>shhhhhhhh!!!!! y are u just hitting on Anonymous? do u think thate Anonymous is wrong for saying that clevos family members are on his side!!! stop thinking negative ok…Is true that clevo did wrong, Anonymous didnt ever say that what Clevo did was RIGHT!!!! Right now Clevo needs the support from his family members, who do u think is going to convience him not to do it again? Come on man it natural, no matter what situations our family memebers are in we shouldnt turn our backs on them!!!! so JahAngel maybe u fell off a breadfruit tree i guess, or u have never reached in the position…Clevo did wrong WE ALL NO THAT!!!That doesnt mean he wouldnt need the support from his family and close freinds, HE DIE NUH???? so JahAngel i want to close my comment by saying SSSHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

      • huh
        August 28, 2012

        if is not clevo dat bring it in…am sure it will still get in to our country..he muss b d first and d last person! allu children have ole ways and bad habit, following bad company and allu want to blame drug dealers?! allu malcasaying dem from small and giving dem ” love” by spoiling dem and den blame ppl for it still! dem drug dealers must be opening dere nose and shoving d cocaine in it!stuuuups! an addict is and addict and d cocaine can be in the caves under capuchin dey will go n look for it dere!

      • Anonymous
        August 28, 2012

        Is clevo alone da selling it u without sin

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2012

      true that he have his family on his side

      • Anonymous
        August 27, 2012

        his family really got his back

      • (.) (.)
        August 27, 2012

        They must be on his side because when he makes the money from selling the drugs they all benefitting

      • T.dot
        August 29, 2012

        As a family that’s wud up….we watch each other backs good times and bad.

  42. T.dot
    August 27, 2012

    Only Jah sees and knows…..

    • August 27, 2012

      Hope from now on this will be the amount of money for bail,for all the cocaine drugs dealers, all those catch with cocaine and not only these two

      • Justice and Truth
        August 27, 2012

        @ Mona

        It depends on the amount of illegal drugs and the street value.

      • budman
        August 28, 2012

        the size of the bail is usually related to the size of the haul

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