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Grenada: Family of Five Slapped With Drug Related Charges

A five-member family from the village of Levera in St Patrick is up against a hefty bail bond, totalling half a million dollars meted out to them at the St Patrick’s Magistrate Court on Thursday, where they appeared on two drug-related charges linking them to a drug bust in the Levara area last weekend.

The group, consisting of a mother, a sister and three brothers were all arrested and subsequently charged with possession and trafficking of a controlled drug, after a raid in Levera last Sunday by officers attached to the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force.  According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, close to 281 pounds of the banned drug marijuana, with a street value of just over six hundred and eighty thousand dollars were uncovered during that raid.

All five defendants, Elma Charles 51, Joel Mc Lean 22, Keston Mc Lean 28, Helsley Mc Lean 31 and Olivia Kaywana Mc Lean 21 were represented in court by defense counsel Arley Gill, who had no difficulty in securing bail for his clients as the prosecution raised no objection when the question of bail was posed to the court.

The prosecution, however, made one of their concerns known to the court in relation to Joel McLean whom it was said has had a similar matter pending before the court, in addition to a recent suspended sentence, again on a similar charge.

Nevertheless, presiding Magistrate Karen Noel had all five defendants placed on bail until their second court date set for September 27th.

With the exception of Joel, all other defendants were placed on one hundred thousand dollars bail ($100,000.00) with two sureties; Joel was placed on $150,000.00 with two sureties.

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