Four men charged for various drug offences after Coast Guard intercepted two boats

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The air at the Roseau Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday was very thin as four men charged for various drug offences awaited the outcome of the act.

 

On Saturday 17th of September, the men were all caught by Corporal Valerie of the Dominica Coast Guard while on patrol, four nautical miles off the coast of Fond Cole.

 

A total of 13,500 grams of cannabis valued at over $300,000.00 was recovered on the two boats which were intercepted by the coast guard, which was occupied by the four men.

 

The charges comprised of possession of cannabis with intent to supply, importation of cannabis and drug trafficking.

 

Robert Dublin and David McPherson of Massacre in addition to Joseph Stevens of Newtown all pleaded not guilty to all charges while Julie Jno Baptiste of Kingshill was sentenced to two years for his guilty plea.

 

Magistrate Candia George set bail at $200.000.00 each, which only Dublin secured a surety for and was released while Stevens and McPherson were not so fortunate and were remanded until a valid surety is presented.

 

The condition of Dublin’s bail is that he is to report to the Mahaut Police Station on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 7 am to 7 pm.

 

The trial into the matter has been set for May 14th 2012.

 

STORY WRITTEN BY LARRY LAROCQUE

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