Two held following million-dollar drug bust at the Bridgetown Port
The owner of a trucking company and a refrigeration technician employed at the Bridgetown Port were today remanded to jail following last Thursday’s million-dollar drug bust at the port.
The businessman – Graham Bradley Johnson, 35, of Mount View, St Lucy – is jointly accused with Norris Rohan Jackson, a 43-year-old port worker, of Manning Village, St Michael, of possession, possession with intent to supply, possession with intent to traffic and conspiracy to traffic 465. 74 pounds of cannabis, with a street value of over $1. 8 million.
The drugs were discovered in a vehicle at the port around 12:15 p.m. on April 5.
Today, the two accused were not required to plead to the charges when they appeared before Magistrate Douglas Frederick in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court and were remanded to HMP Dodds until May 7 after the prosecutor, Sergeant Rudy Pilgrim, objected to their bail, based on the nature and seriousness of the offence, the quantity of the legal substance involved and fear that the accused may abscond if released.
However, attorney-at-law Shadia Simpson, who is representing Jackson, and Romario Straker, legal counsel for Johnson, argued otherwise.
The lawyers contended that their clients were not previously known to the courts and suggested that stringent conditions could be attached to their bail as a means of securing their court attendance.
But after weighing the submissions, Frederick ruled in favour of the prosecution.