Singer on cocaine charge

Bajan female entertainer among trio remanded for drugs

A 38-year-old Bajan female entertainer, who is among a trio charged in connection with $625,000 worth of cocaine, will have to spend the next two days behind bars.

Former Richard Stoute Teen Talent winner Betty Griffith-Payne, of Apartment No. 8, West Terrace Heights, St James, is jointly charged with her 35-year-old sister Marie Griffith, of Phillips Road, Cleaves Hill, St Joseph, and 34-year-old Guyanese national Kwanza Canterbury with possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and conspiracy to traffic 12 kilos of the illegal substance, sometime between November 7
and 10.

The two sisters are also jointly charged with knowingly handling the illicit substance during that same period.

Kwanza Canterbury, Betty Griffith-Payne and Marie Griffith

Appearing before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates’ Court, the trio was not required to plead to the indictable offences.

When it came time for bail, prosecutor Station Sergeant Peter Barrow objected based on the seriousness of the offence, the nature of the evidence and the fact that other persons were also being sought in connection with the matter. He also submitted that it was the Crown’s fear that the accused persons may interfere with the ongoing investigation if granted bail.

Informing the Chief Magistrate that the cocaine weighed 12.6 kilos, Barrow argued that society must also be protected.

“What if this drug had gotten into the community, [imagine] the damaging effect it could have caused,” he submitted.

However, Griffth-Payne’s attorneys Marlon Gordon and Harry Husbands countered the prosecutor’s objections saying the charges before the court were mere allegations.

Gordon argued that his client was a born and bred Barbadian who has nowhere else to go and also has a strong support system. He said the entertainer was prepared to surrender her passport and adhere to any other conditions imposed by the court. Gordon further submitted the clerical officer was a first time offender and had denied the allegations.

“My client is so broken, she has not slept for the last three days,” he said, arguing that she was a fit and proper candidate for bail.

It was a similar submission made by attorney Naomi Lynton who appeared in association with Queen’s Counsel Andrew Pilgrim on Griffith’s behalf.

She argued that at this time there was a presumption of innocence. She also submitted that the mother of four was one of the main breadwinners in her family.

“Anytime on remand would devastate Griffith and her family as well,” Lynton said, pointing out that her client had no previous convictions and no pending court matters.

The three were remanded until November 16 when they are due to appear in the District ‘E’ Magistrates’ Court.

In the meantime, Canterbury pleaded guilty to possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking of one kilo of cannabis, valued at $8,000.

This after he was pulled by police at the junction of St Mary’s Row and Mason Hall Street. Lawmen requested a search of the vehicle after informing him that they had received information that he was transporting illegal drugs.

A black and brown package was found and examined in his presence with a brown substance suspected to be cannabis.

“That’s just a lil hashish I bring for somebody officer. I was to just drop it off,” Canterbury told the officers when asked to account for the drugs.

Mohia Ma’at, who is Canterbury’s legal counsel, informed the court that the carpenter was currently in the country on a work permit. It was also revealed that Canterbury had a fixed place to stay and was not known in this jurisdiction. He further submitted that the Guyanese man’s early guilty plea was indicative of his remorse and asked for
“justice [to be tempered] with mercy in this matter”.

However, the Chief Magistrate described as “disturbing” Canterbury’s response to officers when he was caught with the substance.

“The hashish form is one used for narcotics . . . . Furthermore you are a guest here and it is disturbing and saddening when a guest abuses the hospitality of his neighbours,” Birch said before imposing a $10,000 forthwith fine on him for being in possession of the illegal drug.

Canterbury, who was reprimanded and discharged on the supply and trafficking charges, was however unable to pay the money and will therefore spend six months in jail.

54 Responses to Singer on cocaine charge

  1. Jason Agard
    Jason Agard November 14, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    This government got all kinds of people rising anything ta survive fa real

    • Suzette Clarke
      Suzette Clarke November 15, 2017 at 3:19 am

      Next we will be blaming the government for the sun shining and the rain falling.

    • Tennyson Joseph
      Tennyson Joseph November 15, 2017 at 5:26 am

      That’s the problem we face n one wants to take responsibility ..

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore November 15, 2017 at 5:37 am

      Well I hope to see you next in the news. Smh

    • Claudette Skinner
      Claudette Skinner November 15, 2017 at 6:54 am

      Hahaha Lisa u is to

    • Rishona Graham
      Rishona Graham November 15, 2017 at 7:07 am

      No just the rising cost of living

  2. Sonia Small
    Sonia Small November 15, 2017 at 12:08 am

    This too shall pass girl you aint the first and certainly you wont be the last sometimes you gotta learn the hard way You going be free again girl trust and have faith everything going be alright can take away your freedom for a time but cant take away your beautiful voice.

  3. Tray
    Tray'izsoreal Mitchell November 15, 2017 at 12:57 am


  4. archy perch November 15, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Yes Jason, the government made her do it. J.A equals Jack Ass.
    Whatever happened to the Suleman Esuf case? Of S Y Adams clan, Esuf was accused of importing a container through the Port loaded with over $11 million in cannabis between April 1st and July 26th, 2010. That was 2,778.38 pounds of the drugs. He appeared before Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District A Traffic Court.
    Andrew Pilgrim and Lesley Cargil were his lawyers. At the time Esuf was already on bail from the High Court for other offences of illegal possession of a firearm, violent disorder and serious bodily harm. I think he went to jail for a month and on Thursday October 14, he was granted bail of a million dollars with 20 sureties of $500,000. Esuf was supposed to have returned to court on March 8th, 2011.I have not heard a word more about this serious case. As a matter of fact, Esuf is now recognised as a big race car compeditor at Bushy Park.One of Barbados’s upright citizens.

  5. Taurus Bull
    Taurus Bull November 15, 2017 at 2:42 am

    If you risk a thing and get caught you can’t blamed nobody but yourself. This is life you will rise from the ashes again .

  6. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba November 15, 2017 at 4:38 am


  7. BIGSKY November 15, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Archy Perch I am sorry to have to inform you but ESUF file is missing.LOL

  8. Janice Tull
    Janice Tull November 15, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Keep your head up. This too shall pass.

  9. Ryvan Springer
    Ryvan Springer November 15, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Be careful of the friends you keep and remember every skin teeth ain’t a laugh.

  10. Sophia Martindale
    Sophia Martindale November 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Ya took a risk and get caught, so what. That’s life. Just keep praying baby girl.

  11. Tom Tom November 15, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Judge not lest ye be judged people…innocent until proven guilty but for God’s sake,How can the government be blamed for this?Smfh…some of you mudda f…..really dumb!

  12. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 15, 2017 at 7:04 am

    I’m certain she is not the first entertainer to be found with drugs,yet they were never paraded like this,if you want to lock up her and the others for coke lock up all the rest, however it is not what you do,but who you know!

    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond November 15, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Can you name any of the others who were caught, brought before the courts and shielded from public view?

    • Angela Skeete
      Angela Skeete November 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

      Lord have mercy

    • Blessed Bobb
      Blessed Bobb November 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Yeah olutoye Walround we don’t like the truth,and you certainly won’t pay for my lawyer!

    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond November 15, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Blessed Bobb But according to you there would be no liability for slander, since it would be a known fact that these people were charged and face the court, but were not made public. So you have nothing to worry about. Give us the names.

      • Marva November 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Olu is right. The best defence is the truth and the fact that x is charged cannot be disputed, so if you know who was charged and the news media did not report on the story… bring it all out.
        You have the ultimate protection the truth and the records will be there to support you.
        If you don’t say a word you are just like those who knew and did not say, Blessed Bobb!!!
        Many Bajans like to score points with speculation but you don’t seem to fit that bill.

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison November 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      A shipping container of marijuana was imported into this island and the person responsible was arrested………
      Guess what ?
      That was the end of that……
      A few years ago some coca in went missing from the airport after it was intercepted and confiscated
      That too went missing and the case with it as well.
      A certain former politician son was held at the airport with cocaine and when they realise who he was they were presented with two options………let him go or your job disappears…..
      The person kept his job and that was the end of that.
      A current politician found himself in a similar situation and his son was never arrested.
      Man the law is there to protect the wealthy, the influencial and their associates but will will criminalize and incarcerate the average person for the same deed.

    • Conchita Moseley
      Conchita Moseley November 15, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    • Olutoye Walrond
      Olutoye Walrond November 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Adrian Allison We can’t verify those things. Blessed Bob is saying the mass media did not publicise court cases involving other entertainers.

  13. Cheryl Price
    Cheryl Price November 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    First the law need to investigate and see if she was involved in the cocaine mess it’s unfortunate you don’t know who you live with and have no control of others actions, when drugs are found in your home every one who lives there becomes involved so a proper investigation is needed the law can’t be bias innocent until proven guilty that’s what is supposed to be done. Some one I know was in a similar situation and the person who brought the drugs in the home was someone they know who was renting a room from them thanks to the Almighty they had rental recipes from that person. The Judge told them they must be careful with the people you let into your home. The landlord was a young woman and she vomits when ever she remembers or smell the chemical from the drugs on anyone she developed and allergic reaction to this due to PTSD from the situation that nearly put her and her family in jail for a long time

    • Pat BB
      Pat BB November 15, 2017 at 7:58 am

      That is horrible, family or no family, I would write them off

    • Troy Marshall
      Troy Marshall November 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Sad,really have to be careful.

  14. Unique Eva
    Unique Eva November 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

    So wait.. she d only body that get charge???? Stupesss. And no I dont know her

  15. Angela November 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

    It is amazing how some of these comments indicate that the crime committed is no big deal and the persons should pray and will bounce back. Then we pretend to be so vex about corrupt politicians and civil servants. I cannot understand this someone please enlighten me.

  16. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie November 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Cocaine Blues

  17. Omar Clarke
    Omar Clarke November 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

    If the let she off this da should let off gollop bajans is bay hypocrites

  18. Carlisle Norville November 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    if station Sargent (Peter Barrow,) wants to protect the bagan society by not giving the daughters of the soil bail, because of their cocaine charge( he should also protect the society from the police) ,that does give pusher men in Nelson street, & other areas the cocain they confiscated to sell for them ,the police force (drug Squad)& company living de goooooood life, because of all de cocain in their posession, then can fool you stupid bagans, but i know about their NASTY doings that are NOT made public ,(hypocrits)them police aint easy they got some REAL criminals in the Royal barbados Police Force.

    • Marva November 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Report your information via crime stoppers, and to whoever will listen; take pictures and submit them to the media or use social media.
      The station sergeant is paid to do his job and that is to comment on an application for bail. Do you want him to sit and never say anything. He has to deal with the cases before him and unless you who know put forward the information that will lead to a charge so that he as a prosecutor can deal with it, then ….

  19. Tricia Mondore
    Tricia Mondore November 15, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Boy oh boy, talk about hypocrites, people understand what these people were trying to do, do you walk around and see the destruction cocaine does to people, on here talking nonsense cocaine is just a dangerous as a loaded gun in the wrong hands, but since these are two outstanding people we are here lending all the moral supports possible. Praise God it wasn’t Ms. Jones knotty head child for the Orleans.

    • Jennifer Phillips
      Jennifer Phillips November 15, 2017 at 11:29 am

      I don’t know you but I agree with you 10000%

    • Arlita Strose
      Arlita Strose November 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Jennifer Phillips Tricia Mondore is very articulate wise Lady

  20. Monique November 15, 2017 at 10:03 am

    All i can do is smh Barbados really going down the drain to hear fellow citizens acting like this or any crime should be just brushed aside… Sick society no wonder the young children have no respect for authority

  21. Fari Parris
    Fari Parris November 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Times hard

  22. ulaunda November 15, 2017 at 10:23 am

    am just here for the comment and I have to smile and shake my head sometimes at some of the comment am reading

  23. Ossie Moore November 15, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Wha sweeten goat mout dus bun e a**! Wonna bout hey so broad mouting like it is tonic. When time come, I hope dem a don’t sell masking tape!

  24. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley November 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm


  25. jrsmith November 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    The ones who is protected should be getting scared by now because , the people who protect them knows too much ,watch out for the hits in barbados……

  26. Brian Killuminati Davis
    Brian Killuminati Davis November 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    somebody convince her that she will pass free and the money Is good ……what I think people are deliberately trap people in these things…. like they will be telling you about this for six months .. then you give in to the person then you get caught

    • Peter Lowe
      Peter Lowe November 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      She’s not a child. She’s a big hard back woman

  27. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry November 15, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    What a waste

  28. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne November 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    locks he up she should of know better I have no sympathy for people who bring drugs into this country to destroy what little Brain cells the people got especially the young people


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