Drug trio

Three men to answer for large amount of cannabis

Three St Michael men, accused of having thousands of dollars worth of cannabis, were granted bail today when they appeared in a Bridgetown court.

However, at the end of the day only one of them actually got to go home.

Thirty-six-year-old Erskine Oneil Barker, of Ellis Road, Bush Hall, is jointly accused with 32-year-old Kersten Damien Moore, of Skeete’s Road, No.1, The Ivy, and 54-year-old Robert Sylvester Hewitt, of Barker’s Road, Haggatt Hall, of possession of $186,000 worth of cannabis on October 28.

Erskine Oneil Barker, Kersten Damien Moore and Robert Sylvester Hewitt

The men, who are represented by attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at, are also facing charges of possession with intent to supply and trafficking of the drugs.

They were not required to plead to the indictable offences which were read out in court by Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

There were no objections to bail for the accused men, who are not previously known to the court.

However, prosecutor Station Sergeant Neville Reid requested that stringent conditions be applied to their bail, and as a result, Barker, who also faces a separate indictable charge of possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of $500, 000 worth of cannabis, could not come up with the two sureties needed to secure his $450, 000 bail.

He was therefore remanded to prison until November 29, so too was Moore who also could not present two sureties to satisfy his $130,000 bail.

However, Hewitt did not suffer the same fate as his two sureties were on hand to post his $130,000 bail after he surrendered his travel documents to the No. 2 District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court.

Hewitt must now report to Central Police Station by noon every Monday, Thursday and Saturday with valid identification. He returns to court on February 26 next year.

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