Man shot by police during drug raid
A man has been shot by police after reportedly attacking a lawman during a drug eradication exercise.
Members of the Drug Squad and the Special Services Unit were conducting the operation in the Cliff Cottage and Colleton communities in the parish of St John at about 5.30 this morning when the man armed with a cutlass attacked one of the police officers.
He was shot in his left calf and transported to the QEH by ambulance where he is currently under guard.
During the operation, 816 cannabis plants were found under cultivation in several plots hidden in bushy areas, the tallest being 11 feet.
In an unrelated incident, Nicholi Jabari Blenman of Fordes Road, Clapham, St. Michael appeared in court today to answer four drug-related charges after 20 pounds of cannabis were found in a barrel he went to collect.
The 27-year-old was charged with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.
The accused went to a Bond in Bridgetown yesterday to collect the barrel which arrived from the United States. The barrel was searched in his presence and 11 cans bearing the labels of a variety of food were discovered to contain the compressed cannabis.
Blenman pleaded not guilty when he appeared at the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court today.
He was granted bail in the sum of $60,000 with one surety and is scheduled to return to court on December 2nd, 2014.
He was ordered to surrender his passport.