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Weed claim

Holder contends expensive ganja grown here

Lawmen in Barbados have reportedly made a shocking discovery: the existence of a sophisticated hydroponics laboratory in a Christ Church community that was producing high grade marijuana and giving lower grade ganja imported from St Vincent stiff competition on the local market.

Making the revelation last night, prominent criminal lawyer Arthur Holder did not say when the discovery was made but reported that smaller players in the illegal drug trade were charging that the high quality product, which was fetching as much as $10,000 per pound on the local market, was driving them out of business.

Holder was speaking at the regular monthly meeting of the St Michael Central constituency branch of the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at the George Lamming Primary School, Welches, St Michael.  He was the unsuccessful BLP candidate in this constituency in the 2013 general election.

Head of the drug squad at the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Inspector Elliott Bovell could not be reached to confirm the find and acting public relations office Acting Station Sergeant Roland Cobbler told Barbados TODAY he was unaware of any such discovery.

However, Holder charged that authorities have kept the discovery of the lab a secret, noting that, in contrast, whenever marijuana plants were found in working class communities, the news was generally announced with much fanfare.

“I am fortunate to be working for people on the block. A lot of people are not aware that a hydroponics laboratory was discovered in this country in relation to the production of hydro weed. A sophisticated laboratory with all of the hydroponics and surely no poor black boy can bring the equipment in,” Holder said.

“That is a fact. Talk to the fellows on the block and they will tell you what hydro weed sells for. It can fetch a price of $10,000 per pound. It is better than Vinci marijuana. Hydro weed is not coming through the Grantley Adams International Airport,” the outspoken attorney claimed.

Hydro weed is marijuana grown indoors using a hydroponics system (tubes and filters with water and fertilizers), according the Urban Dictionary. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil, according to the Oxford Dictionary.

Holder, who is a trained social worker and generally considered one of this island’s better criminal lawyers, told his audience that in discussions with some clients he was told that they could not get any sales for their lower grade Vinci herb because hydro weed was more potent.

Looking at the state of crime and violence in the island, Holder warned that the block and gang no longer was a sub-culture but was fast becoming the dominant culture in Barbados. He said Government’s approach of enacting reactive legislation would not work, and suggested authorities “go to the source” if they are to find solutions.

“Anytime there is a social problem this Government seeks to enact a piece of legislation as if that would solve the problem. In order to solve these issues, we have to go to the source. We have to understand the underbelly of these issues,” he contended.

“This issue of crime and violence is not spasmodic, it is an issue that has been brewing for some time. If you understand the issue, it is concentrated in pockets in this country. It is concentrated among a certain class of people in Barbados and that is what we need to understand. It affects only a certain type of people whether we want to believe it or not. This scourge has arisen as a result of this block and gang phenomenon. Let us understand that. It is not an overnight development. It is something that has been swelling and swelling and it has now reached the core.”

“What we have failed to recognize or we do not want to recognize is that the so-called blocks have become part of the culture of Barbadian society. Do not fool yourselves about this talk about a sub-culture! The blocks in this society are no longer a sub-culture, they are part of the culture of our society. Unless we can address that as it is, we will continue to walk and put our heads in the sand.”

The judicial officer claimed the rise of these gangs and blocks has been given “a level of legitimacy” by the politicians, claiming that this was the source of the problem as it related to crime and violence.

“I am speaking from a level of authority. I saw it; so that if you have legitimized the blocks and the gangs and they have mushroomed as a result of that, this is what we are facing . . . it is practically impossible to rid yourself, whether you like it or not, of the gang and block phenomenon,” the criminal attorney argued.

Noting that most of the clients he represents come from the newer secondary schools, Holder also contended that the education system had failed this section of the approximately
4 000 students the system throws on the job market every year.

He said there was a high level of hopelessness among this segment of the society and maintained that harsher penalties would not eliminate the problem because many cases involved fathers who had children to support but lacked marketable skills to gain steady employment.       

11 Responses to Weed claim

  1. Meakai September 22, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I am here asking myself where do these clients of Mr. Arthur, the said same clients that have no marketable skillls and hence unable to obtain steady employment, get the money to pay for his services?
    I would be very surprised if the better criminal lawyers on this island charged peppercorn rates. So where do these unemployable clients obtain the funds to pay for such excellent representation?

  2. Watchman September 22, 2015 at 8:33 am

    @ Meakai, apparently they have money to pay him, but not money to rent a house in de heights and terraces nor to pay for an indoor grow op.

  3. carson c cadogan September 22, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I keep saying that the media in Barbados could do a better job if they try a little harder. The media seem keen on keeping us in the dark.

    If this sophisticated grow house had been found in Haynesville, Chapman Lane, The Pine Housing area, this would have been front page news. The whole of the Caribbean would have known about this. But nary a word from the media on this most serious discovery.

    Next thing the Police seem to be keeping this as a national secret. Why? Who are they protecting? Again if small people had been involved the outcome would have been very different. Press conference would have been convened, Press realease, all sorts of things would have happen.

    One Law for the Meades and another for the Persians.

  4. Yogi Ni September 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I’m in total agreement with what . Mr. Holder had to say about the block culture. I’ve been high lighting this development or the last ten years. Whenever I spoke about it people said I was talking nonsense. I had pointed out how the government of the day could have dealt with the problem by putting more money into the Arts and Culture and get many of these young men and women to used they creative energies in a positive product way. Sports was another way I had suggested. Both the BLP and DLP preferred to spend money taking care of our young men in PRISON. Expanding or building a new technical training school was and way we could of help our young people. Anyhow enough of that.

    I’ve no reason not to believe what Mr. Holder said about the police finding a HYDRO GANGA PLANT IN BARBADOS. My concern is, why the hell would the POLICE not let the populace of Barbados know about this? If it is true who is the POLICE PROTECTING? I’m one of the people who always defend the Police in Barbados, this leave a very bad taste in my mouth, if it is true.

  5. Gregg September 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Legalize it… more indoor setups will come

  6. dave September 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    ALFRED is correct. The politicians do not accept that they are to blame

  7. Paul September 22, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    The only problem i can see the hydro causing is a house fire. Legalize it, then ask what would weed cost, like Bob Marley say ” Brainwash education will make us a fool” why doctors proscribe to the sick to get rid of them faster off the earth, i don’t understand sick can smoke but not the healthy something wrong with this i don’t get it, we are all to blame, people forget we hire politicians to work for us but we have no say,we as people have to take back what is rightfully ours we fall to the same brainwash education which Bob sing about that’s my 2 cents.

  8. Colin Daniel September 23, 2015 at 5:53 am

    The story of the discovery of the hydophonics lab was in the papers last year. If the press did a little research they could have found the original story.

  9. Danni September 24, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Legalize it an tax ’em then everybody will be happy 🙂

  10. N Robinson September 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    This is an excellent presentation by Mr. Holder. We as a society need to open our eyes and see. We _need_ to figure out how we can fix our education system. I was reading recently that Finland tackled their system 30 years ago, gave it a complete overhaul, and are now one of the most highly ranked education systems in the world. We must find a way to do the same, creatively using the many resources that we have, such as the large numbers of retirees and other persons who are willing to give of their time and knowledge.

    Some persons in the comments ask where poor people get the money to pay lawyers? The answer is all too often: their parents and relatives. I have seen so many persons lime on the block and then go home to parents who put a roof over their head and food in their stomachs. When the police come, it is the hardworking parents and elderly grandparents that you see in court with their title deeds and appliance receipts standing bail and who find the money somehow to pay the legal fees. These relatives are the great enablers, and ask for little or nothing in return, even when their children bring them shame and embarrassment or curse them in the streets. We have a strange idea of love in Barbados. And, as Mr. Holder says, we have a block culture that is more pervasive than we think.

  11. Mahalia Francis September 26, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Very interesting article but the Barbados media are not being fair and impartial. Since last year, the Lawmen in Barbados have reportedly made a shocking discovery about the existence of a sophisticated hydroponics laboratory in a Christ Church community. This lab was reportedly producing high-grade marijuana and giving lower grade ganja imported from St Vincent, creating competition on the local market and I would also say a rise in crime. Huh! in Barbados? It was all a hush, hush until now, no need to say more. This is all a part of the madness and atrocious behaviors being exhibited there on the island, the rich gets away with so much and the poor goes to jail for next to nothing. Take out the source of the problems, such as illegal drug trafficking and gun smuggling into the country. Then we would see a decrease significantly in the crime rate.


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