Alleged drug smugglers denied bail again

first_img Share Tweet 16 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Alleged drug smugglers denied bail again by: – April 24, 2014 Raphael Pompey, 55, of St. VincentTwo men; one Dominican and a Vincentian, who were arrested in connection with a drug bust in Scotts Head on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, have been denied bail for a second time.Two new charges were also instituted against the men, who appeared before Chief Magistrate Candia Carette George on April 24, 2014.Anthony Ackie, 49, of Lagoon, Portsmouth and Raphael Pompey, 55, of St. Vincent pleaded not guilty to causing a vessel that departed from a place out of Dominica to a place in Dominica without authorization and failing to give prior notice of the vessel’s arrival in Dominica to the Customs and Excise Department, at a place not recognized as a port of entry or exit.They pleaded not guilty to both charges.The men were previously charged with possession of 307, 812 grams of cannabis, possession with intent to supply 307, 812 grams of cannabis, importation of 307, 812 grams of cannabis, possession of 2724 grams of cannabis resin and possession with intent to supply 2724 grams of cannabis resin and importation of 2724 grams of cannabis resin.Anthony Ackie, 49, of Lagoon, PortsmouthThey were not required to enter a plea for those charges, were denied bail on April 17 and remanded at the State Prison.Police prosecutor sergeant Constance Cuffy objected to bail on Thursday claiming that police investigations are still ongoing investigations and the defendants are flight risk.Attorney at law Wayne Norde who represented the defendants demanded that the prosecution gives better evidence than just saying that the men are flight risk. “You cannot just say the men are always on a move, you have to give evidence to support that”.The prosecution claimed that Ackie lives in Guadeloupe and is always in and out of the country.Ackie however denied that claim and said he is sailor by profession who travels to St. Marteen frequently.The two men were again denied bail by Chief Magistrate George. The matter has been adjourned to October 29, 2014.The men were arrested when members of the Drug Squad Unit of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force conducted an anti-drug operation in Scotts Head about 8 am on April 16, 2014.During that operation, an open keel boat named SLICK registration number J7-178-PMH which was powered by a 75 and 85 horse power engines, 678 pounds of alleged cannabis and 6 pounds of cannabis resin (hashish) was found.The drug is estimated at over six hundred and eighty thousand dollars.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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