Two men – a Barbadian and a Vincentian – today pleaded guilty in connection with a major drug haul.
Earl Harold Warren, of Lowman Hill, St Vincent, and Derrick Savannaus Grant, of 2nd Avenue, Kendal Hill B, Christ Church, admitted to possession, trafficking and importation of 745.5 kilogrammes of cannabis worth over
Presenting the facts in the No.2 Supreme Court, Senior Crown Counsel Olivia Davis revealed that police, acting on information, went to Batts Rock Beach around 5:40 a.m. on October 20, 2011.
On arrival there they saw Warren and Grant aboard a yellow boat, Secret Treasure, with four other men in the water, as well as a number of floating packages.
As lawmen closed in, the vessel sped away before it ran aground on Brandons Beach, St Michael.
At that point, Warren and Grant jumped off the boat and attempted to flee the area by foot. However, they were quickly apprehended along Westbury Road.
Warren, a mason by trade, was 35 years old at the time of the offence. He told police that Grant had approached him the day before the incident near a bar in St Vincent and offered to pay him $10,000 to carry marijuana on a boat to Barbados. He said two other Bajan men were picked up and the illegal substance collected at a certain point.
Grant, a fisherman, was 42-years old at the time.
While corroborating the Vincentian’s story, Grant told police the marijuana was not his.
“I only drive the boat up here,” he said.
After hearing the facts, Madam Justice Michelle Weekes ordered presentencing reports on the two drug-accused.
They return to the High Court on December 13 when both reports are expected.