Big drug busts


Police have another drug find.

On Sunday at Coach Hill in St John, 188 cannabis plants were discovered growing. Members of the Drug Squad, assisted by members of the Special Services Unit, Canine Unit and the Barbados Defence Force, conducted the drug eradication operation. The plants were discovered hidden in thick bush at six sites in Coach Hill and they ranged from one foot to six feet in height.

In a Press statement, public relation officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector David Welch, said also discovered within the same area, was a loose quantity of dried cannabis which weighed five lbs. No arrests were made.

In unrelated news, police also arrested and charged 23–year–old Jamaican Vinroy Hylton for possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

The offences were believed to have been committed on December 9, whilst at the Grantley Adams International Airport. Hylton was believed to have arrived in Barbados from Kingston, Jamaica, when he cleared Immigration and Customs but was suspected of having ingested a controlled drug. He was referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he subsequently passed out thirty-three wrapped packages containing cannabis which he had ingested.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Beckles of the Oistins Magistrates Court on December 12, where he pleaded guilty and was fined $5,000 or 18 months imprisonment.

The RBPF has also made a breakthrough in a spate of crimes. They have arrested 40–year–old Jerome Oneal Bovell of 2nd Avenue, Spring Garden in St Michael for the alleged shooting of Shamar James and Jason Blenman on December 18, while at Six Roads, St Philip. Bovell was subsequently held at Lodge Road in Christ Church where a shotgun was discovered.

He is charged with two counts of serious bodily harm, affray, possession of a firearm without a valid licence, unlawful possession of ammunition, use of a firearm without a valid licence and criminal damage.

He was also arrested and charged for endangering life and theft of use after it was reported that on November 10, this year, a man parked his car in Black Rock to attend a function.

When he returned to the vehicle he encountered Bovell and several men. There was a struggle and he was then shot. The man then returned to the area where the car had been parked to find it missing; it was later recovered. (KC) 

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