Saturday 24 October, 2020

$48,000 in cannabis seized; two men charged

Two Barbadian men have been charged for a number of drug-related offences committed at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Friday, October 27, 2017.

They are Jacques-Stephen Alexander Hibbert, 21, of Rockley New Road, Christ Church, and Dwight Richardson Manningham Scott, 36, of Airy Scott, St. Thomas.

According to police, Hibbert and Scott arrived on the island by air from Canada. A subsequent search of their luggage by Customs officers revealed that Scott had 10 transparent vacuum-sealed packages each containing cannabis concealed in the false bottom of two suitcases, while Hibbert had 48 transparent vacuum-sealed packages each containing cannabis concealed within wooden boxes in two black duffel bags.

Overall, they were in possession of 6 kgs of cannabis, with an estimated street value of BBD$48,000.

The police were informed and they were subsequently arrested and charged separately for possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking, and importation of cannabis.

They appeared before Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court on Monday, where Hibbert pleaded guilty to the offences and was remanded to prison until November 2, pending a pre-sentencing report.

Meanwhile, Scott pleaded not guilty and was granted $2,500 bail, with one surety, to reappear in the District ‘B’ Court on November 14, 2017.

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