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Nine Charged With Drug Possession

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The nine men who police believe are responsible for trying to push more than $1 million worth of drugs from Eleuthera to The United States were arraigned for the crime on Monday.

Handcuffed and some shackled at the feet, Devard Ricardo Davis, Ramond Colebrooke, Valencio Darling, Samiko Rigby, Eldridge Bowleg, Kendrick Smith, Donovan Seymour and Allen Knowles were all charged in that matter where police say around 3:30 last Thursday morning a team of officers acting on intelligence went just off Gregory Town, Eleuthera and seized approximately 45 bales of marijuana.

Court dockets note that on October 24 while off Finley Cay in The Bahamas Dames, Colebrooke, Rigby and Knowles were caught with a quantity of marijuana with the intent to supply.

The four men were further charged with importation of dangerous drugs and pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Dames, Colebrooke, Rigby, Knowles, Darling, Smith, Bowleg and Seymour were all then charged with conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

According to court dockets, between September 19 and October 24 the men, being concerned together and with others, all conspired to possess a quantity of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

The group was also charged with conspiracy to import the drugs with the intent to supply.

They all pleaded not guilty to these counts.

Bail was denied for all the men.

The case heads back to court on February 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Also charged in the case was John Cartwright who also pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to import and possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

He too was denied bail and remanded.

Cartwright heads back to court on February 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Prosecutors have confirmed that the drugs weighed in at 1,317 pounds.

Lawyers in the case include Jomo Campbell, Phil Hilton, Devard Francis, Milton Cox, Krista Smith and Simeon Brown out of Grand Bahama.

Initial reports indicate that the drugs were found aboard a 32-foot Midnight Express vessel last Thursday coming from Eleuthera and headed to The United States.

Authorities said at this point, they have far exceeded the number of drug seizures recorded last year by more than 50 per cent.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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