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Postal worker on $12,000 bail

Postal worker on $12,000 bail


An employee of the SVG Postal Corporation, who police allege was caught on the job with 10 pounds of marijuana, is out on $12,000 bail.{{more}}

Calliaqua resident Maxwell Bennett appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to three drug related charges.

He is charged with having in his possession, 4,554 grams (10 pounds) of marijuana at Kingstown on August 26.

He is also charged with having 4,554 grams of marijuana for the purpose of drug trafficking and with attempting to export the drug.

SEARCHLIGHT understands that the drugs in question were already packaged and appeared bound for Barbados.

The prosecution, led by Assistant Superintendent Glenford Gregg, did not object to Bennett’s bail, but told the court that the allegations against the man were serious and asked that he surrender his travel documents and report to the police at least twice a week.

Bennett’s attorney Grant Connell told the court that it was baffling that the court had earlier granted a man bail in the amount of $5,000 for another matter.

“That is a case where the human skull was cracked opened and it is considered as a life threatening injury and he was given $5,000 bail. Now this man, who has some compressed bush, you want $12,000. That condition will be tantamount to a sentence,” Connell argued.

He further added that it was an unfortunate situation and asked the court to lower the bail.

“Is ganja worth more than blood?” Connell rhetorically asked.

His arguments, however, fell on deaf ears and the court stood by their $12,000 bail with two sureties.

Radio personality Clemroy Bert Francois was one of the two persons who stood bail for Bennet.

Bennet was also ordered to report to the Calliaqua Police Station on Mondays and surrender his travel documents.

The matter was adjourned to the Serious Offences Court for a date to be set for hearing of the matter.(KW)