Bajan female entertainer among three held with drugs

A Barbadian entertainer is among three people arrested and jointly charged in connection with $625,000 worth of cocaine.

Entertainer Betty Payne

Betty Alicia Griffith-Payne, 38, of lot # 8, Apartment # 1, West Terrace Heights, St James, is jointly charged with her 35-year-old sister Marie Alexa Griffith, of Phillips Road, Cleavers Hill, St Joseph, and Kwanza Ezra Canterbury, a 34-year-old Guyanese national, with unlawful possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and conspiracy to traffic 12 kilos of cocaine.

The two women face an additional charge of handling the cocaine while Canterbury faces additional charges of possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking cannabis weighing a kilo and valued at $8,000.

The offences were allegedly committed between November 7  and 10 at West Terrace Heights, St James, and Mason Hall Street, St Michael.

The trio is expected to appear in court here today.



147 Responses to Bajan female entertainer among three held with drugs

  1. Barbara Nicholls
    Barbara Nicholls November 14, 2017 at 9:11 am


  2. Love Hurts
    Love Hurts November 14, 2017 at 9:14 am


  3. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield November 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Well. Well. Well.

  4. Kay Rose
    Kay Rose November 14, 2017 at 9:24 am

    hmm. Unfortunate.

  5. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 9:24 am

    well well well

  6. Allison Miller-coombes
    Allison Miller-coombes November 14, 2017 at 9:26 am

    So sad I love to hear her sing beautiful voice

  7. Sonjeine Corbin
    Sonjeine Corbin November 14, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Who am I to judge! but I always hear don’t pine after what people have cause you don’t know how and what they did to get them (just saying)

  8. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete November 14, 2017 at 9:32 am

    What a waste! She knows better! Dont feel sorry at all for any of them. Bringing shame to this nation. If truly guilty good they are caught as you never know about here it’s all in who you know! Hope they go to prison! Cocaine kills people.

    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham November 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

      The pot holes , high standard of living , the tourist that coming and begging locals , NSR , no income tax strikes that’s what bringing shame to the nation .

      • roger headley November 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Rishona I agree with you, but are you disputing that her actions also bring shame to Barbados?

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Rishona Graham yes all that too and more

    • hcalndre November 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      @Gillian Skeete; That`s all you know of cocains?

  9. Lavern Stuart
    Lavern Stuart November 14, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Wow! Interesting when you hear who is involved in the drug ring

  10. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor November 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Why Betty ?….so sad so wrong

  11. Zonia Straker
    Zonia Straker November 14, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I really don’t know what went wrong and I’m not judging these beautiful girls. All I want to share is that they have an amazing mother who did her best in raising them. She is the one in the community who reach out and help everyone who feels pain. I love her with ALL my heart and I’m truly sorry she has to face this. Why? Why? She deserves better. She is an Angle!!

    • Maria T Holdipp
      Maria T Holdipp November 14, 2017 at 10:25 am

      My heart really goes out to their mom.. She’s probably a total wreck, and those kids awww man… This one is rough.

    • Shirnel Yarde
      Shirnel Yarde November 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

      I agree mum is so sweet my God

    • Maria T Holdipp
      Maria T Holdipp November 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      There is a lesson in all of this… Trust no one not even your siblings.

    • Romeo Montague
      Romeo Montague November 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      These are hard back women all falls on them

    • Tha Prototype
      Tha Prototype November 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      An angel who like angel dust lol

  12. Ryvan Springer
    Ryvan Springer November 14, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Careful of the friends you keep. Everybody that smile with you is NOT your friend.

  13. Mhizz FirstLady
    Mhizz FirstLady November 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    What d hell I just read.mi can’t believe it… Smfh ten times…I call Betty. Celine Dion.. This girl can sing…so sad….wow

  14. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma November 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Well, there are people in society who just don’t care who they hurt as long as they could live in a lifestyle they are/are not accustomed to!! I’m glad they were apprehended before that drug could be sold!!

  15. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin November 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Hummmm… let me read dese comments

  16. Maria T Holdipp
    Maria T Holdipp November 14, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Why Betty? Why? Your mom is probably heartbroken, especially because of you… Not judging but my gosh this is really too much for your mom.

    • Shirnel Yarde
      Shirnel Yarde November 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Wow i believe this is a error

    • Trina Denny
      Trina Denny November 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

      yup shocking

    • Maria T Holdipp
      Maria T Holdipp November 14, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Shirnel Yarde unfortunately it’s not

    • Joan Crawford
      Joan Crawford November 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

      What is done in the dark always comes out

    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Shirnel Yarde That’s one BIG error, I believe it’s greed and stupidity

    • Angel Blossoms
      Angel Blossoms November 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      I don’t feel for anyone that’s involve with drugs and ammunition.

    • Joan Crawford
      Joan Crawford November 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      All of them on remand and hiding her face

      • Jack Napier November 15, 2017 at 4:16 am

        You seem to be exit d by it

        • Jack Napier November 15, 2017 at 4:17 am


  17. Deva-Alexandra DeBeauvois
    Deva-Alexandra DeBeauvois November 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Oh my……speechless.

  18. Arlita Strose
    Arlita Strose November 14, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Nadia Beckles

  19. Divine Duchess
    Divine Duchess November 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Drugs are bad, use or distribute does not change the reality of it. Entertainer or otherwise wrong is wrong…idk her/ them but regardless of profession at a certain age u should have a different level of thinking,drug trafficking is easy time to get…yall really should’ve known better!

  20. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith November 14, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Nothing surprises me these days…Just jazzing it all up!

  21. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell November 14, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Well well

  22. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee November 14, 2017 at 10:17 am

    All I can say is Sad Sad Sad. Keep praying for the nation. ..

  23. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop November 14, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Shauna Layne what a pity. I first heard her sing at karoake in St George. She has beautiful voice and was doing well!

  24. Cathy-ann Gill
    Cathy-ann Gill November 14, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Certain ppl don’t get search at the airport. Entertainers, Nationals etc Betty knows this.

  25. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde November 14, 2017 at 10:20 am


  26. Lena Chantel
    Lena Chantel November 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Wow. I hope they work through all of this. I love my fellow musicians!

  27. Angela Skeete
    Angela Skeete November 14, 2017 at 10:22 am


  28. Adrian Mapp
    Adrian Mapp November 14, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hyacinth Jackman-Turpin

  29. Kathy Lee
    Kathy Lee November 14, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Sonja Hall

  30. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose November 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Some one ratted on you.Seems as though Babylon did not get their cut and them turn on you.
    File a motion for discovery so you can find find out who the snitch is.
    When you jugein you have to know who 100 before you ball.

  31. milli watt November 14, 2017 at 10:32 am


  32. Bajangal November 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

    It’s better to sing for ya supper and learn to do without….

  33. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan November 14, 2017 at 10:37 am

    So sad, beautiful voice, beautiful woman, what away waste your life!

  34. Abosed Abby Williams
    Abosed Abby Williams November 14, 2017 at 10:41 am


  35. Caroline Boxill
    Caroline Boxill November 14, 2017 at 10:41 am


  36. Vance Taylor
    Vance Taylor November 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    She ging be singing de blues for Christmas !

  37. roger headley November 14, 2017 at 10:46 am

    So much shock expressed by the commentators, but you know why? because we stereotype. If you ‘look a certain way’ you are a potential criminal but if you are a ‘nice looking, brown-skinned girl’ you are bound for glory.

    Wake up people and smell the coffee

    • Caramel Wilson November 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      So true…i hay wondering why so much ppl shocked tbh…
      Them know she from singing and that’s it…clearly they ain’t know her well enough

  38. Mardene Pemberton
    Mardene Pemberton November 14, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Yay never heard of her

  39. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan November 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Looka all the saints throwing their stones !!!

    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete November 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Nobody a saint this is serious and if found guilty she won’t be so gong anywhere bu prison 12kilo of cocaine?? It kills people!

  40. Amber Nicole
    Amber Nicole November 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Some of the comments are hilarious…I love human behaviour

  41. Ossie Moore November 14, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Gillian Skeete says ” Bringing shame to this nation ”

    What an asinine comment by Gillian Skeete , are you living under a rock or in and underground cave Gillian ?

    How can she bring shame to a nation that is already full of shame ?

  42. Claudia Aner
    Claudia Aner November 14, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Black people just love to see each other fall…smh

  43. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman November 14, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Sometimes life throws us to the wolves, I met this lady once and she was so personable. Will say a pray for her instead of wondering how and why.

  44. Lisa Clarke
    Lisa Clarke November 14, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Well well well what do we have here. Very unfortunate, I’ve always enjoyed her singing. So talented… why put yourself in this situation.

  45. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    There are people in BIM male and female who are lured by other persons to traffic drugs after being convinced that no one will suspect them. And that is because they are not known to be associated with drugs or known to the courts.

    They are offered sums of money for the transaction but are betrayed sometimes by the same drug dealers for whatever reason who call in a tip or unknown to them the police have intelligence.

    Unfortunately these people take chances and have to suffer the consequences no matter who they are or how well known they are.

    Its all about the money.

    Its all about the money at the end of the day nothing else.

  46. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Claudia sadly she did it to herself. its not about seeing black people fall.

    Its against the law.

    its not like if she were a business woman and lost her investment because her business collapsed and people were happy

  47. Gillian Skeete
    Gillian Skeete November 14, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    How can she or any of them explain this away?

  48. luther thorne November 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    INNOCENT until proven .

  49. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite November 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    If she was just some woman from the ghetto would there be all this sympathy, NO, there would be shouts of lost way the key. It is always the first time when they are caught. It is these types that deal in drugs.

    • Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
      Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks November 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Sonia u are so right, that’s why de elite in Bim, will always stay elite. Emancipate your selves from mental slavery

  50. janette reifer November 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    All I will say is that day does run till night comes

  51. Donild Trimp November 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Why is this a surprise to all you folks on this forum?

    This is no secret.

    Known for a while now.

  52. Shelley Howard
    Shelley Howard November 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Some folk in denial..iz all

  53. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks November 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This is why de elite in Bim will always stay elite. Look at the amount of sympathy, not judging, prayers going up, wrong place and all kind of nonsense. if this was a regular person on de block, all negative comments would be coming. Bajans boy. Bob Marley said, emancipate your selves from mental slavery, none but u can free u mind. Wake up people

  54. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype November 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    D Christians all in their feels. Cackles

  55. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray November 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    A waste of my foreign exchange. Will just go up in smoke. $650,000.00

  56. Jack Napier November 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    “Let he, who is without sin, cast the first stone.” The comments of some on this page leave a lot to be desired. Bare “stone throwers” you are.

  57. Doriel Skinner
    Doriel Skinner November 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Until we know the story from all three sides stop judging. There is always more.

  58. Papa November 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    We Are All Sinners Who Deserves To Be Stoned,
    But Are Spared By God’s Grace.

    AG, stay strong.
    AG, no matter how severe your storm may be,
    Jesus can handle your storm.
    Storms don’t last forever.
    May God help you to weather the storms with confident faith & calm.

  59. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    She is elite @ Cheryl Brooks???

    Man really do.

  60. Ossie Theopholus Moore November 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Lord mek peace Betty ! Looka wha yuh gone and duh? All I could say is like Claire and GSsmiley. WELL! WELL! WELL!

  61. Ossie Moore November 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve come to realize that the sensible folks in Barbados do not make comment on these forums.

  62. Cory Legall
    Cory Legall November 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm


  63. Sheralyn Brooker
    Sheralyn Brooker November 14, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Everybody is surprised when a well dressed beautiful person commits an offence. Never be surprised at life.

  64. Menace II Babylon November 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Well said Ossie Moore!

  65. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Ossie Moore I know that you don’t understand or have the slightest clue about what you just said.

    So I’ll just leave that comment alone.

    Btw Ossie are you the real man?

  66. Alex Cross
    Alex Cross November 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Barbarians love to judge and don’t have a fact

    • Jack Napier November 15, 2017 at 4:24 am

      That is so correct brotha

  67. Greengiant November 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I’m only surprised these two finally got caught. The police is working now obviously. There will be many more surprises for Barbadians in the near future. This drugs trade is spread wide and thin in this country.

  68. Icilma Bushell
    Icilma Bushell November 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    There are three women but only one person is on Facebook. Not fair

  69. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece November 14, 2017 at 3:33 pm


  70. Suzanne Taylor
    Suzanne Taylor November 14, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Oh dear

  71. Olivia Wilkinson
    Olivia Wilkinson November 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Why is this plastered all over social media? Is she the first? No! Will she be the last? No!

  72. Coreen Lashley
    Coreen Lashley November 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Did she do murder, did they catch for fraud or breaking and entering so you try to bring her down because they catch her with drugs, she is not the only one there are a lot more than her so stop being so cruel on her with all the dirty remarks

  73. Shauna Layne
    Shauna Layne November 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Good girls like badboys, such gorgeous beauties

  74. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    she has been remanded.

  75. gsmiley November 14, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Coreen actually drugs esp cocaine is worse than fraud.

    fraud may have been more acceptable

  76. Margaret Thorpe
    Margaret Thorpe November 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I say judge and jury here

  77. Margaret Brathwaite
    Margaret Brathwaite November 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    So why can’t they be locked up like the rest that commit a crime?

  78. JG Dillinger
    JG Dillinger November 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Who is she ??

  79. Africa EmpressNyah
    Africa EmpressNyah November 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    If they held me with one joint ya would hear how bad i am…hmmm anyhow i will stay here pull ma lil jam and mind ma business..hmmmm

  80. Shawn Gilkes
    Shawn Gilkes November 14, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Surcomstances make you who you are, who feels it knows it

  81. Hendrick Price
    Hendrick Price November 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Cocaine can wipe out a whole set of young people. Wonder what was the thought process. Right decision to lock them up pending court case. Serious stuff.

  82. Linda Stuart
    Linda Stuart November 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    She use to sing with John king plantation band

  83. Shane Francisco Giles
    Shane Francisco Giles November 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    People on hear allways judging no one is perfect we got to face reality this ain’t the old age this 2017 ain’t saying is right but we can’t walk in one another shoes only God knows

  84. Esther Jones
    Esther Jones November 14, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    What happened wit the old addage “innocent until proven guilty”? If the police raids a house and illegal contraband is found everyone in the house can be charges, especially when everyone is saying “not mine.” Before you all hang her and her sister, wait until you all the full information. She may be innocent or guilty.

  85. Charmaine Williams
    Charmaine Williams November 14, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    A no Jamaican one some people from every country

  86. Tracia Blackman
    Tracia Blackman November 14, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Tonya Thorpe

  87. Annie Harry
    Annie Harry November 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Choices choices choices. She’s grown she knows the consequences. What could she be possibly thinking. I work hard for my bread. So I’m judging. She should of known better.

  88. Connie Danczak
    Connie Danczak November 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm


  89. Arleen Hall-Hinkson
    Arleen Hall-Hinkson November 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Only you known why. Such a plesent young woman. Life can change so fast just by making a bad decision. This to shall pass with time.

  90. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard November 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    so sad, i love to hear her sing,ppl kill and get bail ,i hope she get bail

  91. Patneta Henry November 14, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    I cannot believe it. Please lord, let this be a mistake.

  92. Just saying November 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Ruckies! Monkey have no business messing with a gun.
    If you cant do the tine…. Dont fo the crime!

  93. power November 15, 2017 at 4:20 am

    My God look at all the comments against anf for but crime is crime sont put a face to the crime see it for what it is some of us struggled to survive but no one knows and some of us take short cuts no one knows either nothing done that’s wrong goes unpunished nothing at all cause God is absolute

  94. Bee one November 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    What about confiscating the benefits from this crime

  95. Cero November 15, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Right is right ,and wrong is wrong ..
    Why do you people condone comments for wrong as been judgemental…Some thing has definitely gone wrong with this society.
    They are old enough to know if you mess with fire ,that they would be burn sooner or later…If your kids,grandchildren or love ones were abusers of that stuff ,I am sure your views would be different..
    I wish mum all the best in all this..Young ladies let it be lesson learn…


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