ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The three men who were caught on Thursday with more than 1,600 pounds of cannabis valued at $6.5 million were yesterday ordered by a magistrate to pay $1 million each in bail when they appeared in court.
Senior Magistrate Asquith Riviere set out the bail conditions in the All Saints Magistrate’s Court which included $100,000 cash deposit and four sureties.
The men were also ordered to appear at the Dockyard Police Station three times weekly and to surrender all travel documents.
Their next court date will be January 16, 2012.
The father and son duo, along with another man, were caught when law enforcement officers of The Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force, Coast Guard and the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) conducted raids on a vessel and on a dwelling house on the south-eastern section of the island where the drugs were found.
Director of the ONDCP Colonel Edward Croft told The Daily OBSERVER, “The ONDCP continues with its efforts to create a relatively safer environment for citizens and residents of Antigua & Barbuda.
“We hope that our individual and collective efforts by the security forces would further result in a continued reduction in serious crimes.
In February of this year, the ONDCP, in a joint operation, seized 169.65 kilos of cocaine with a street value of almost EC $24 million.
(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)