Wednesday, October 18, 2017

No Bail: Businessman goes to jail on coke, ganja, guns and ammo charges

...$10.5 million bail for co-defendants


TWO brothers have been granted a total of $10.5 million bail on charges of cocaine and marijuana trafficking and gun and ammunition possession.

Jointly charged is an ElSocorro businessman who was denied bail.

Wayne Havelock, 34, a fisherman of Claxton Bay, was granted $5.5 million bail.

His brother Joel Havelock, 28, also a fisherman, of the same address, was granted $5 million bail. 

The third man Yudishtir Maharaj, 28, a businessman of El Socorro Extension, San Juan, was advised to apply to a judge on the issue of bail.  

The three appeared before Senior Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran, in the Couva Magistrates' Court, on Wednesday.

The cases were adjourned to October 23.

The men were arrested last Friday after officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, stopped and searched a vehicle being driven by Maharaj, along Southern Main Road, California.

 The search allegedly resulted in the discovery of one Glock pistol, outfitted with one magazine, containing 26 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 560 grammes of marijuana and 52 kilogrammes of cocaine.   

   A search warrant was executed at the Havelock home with the assistance of the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Guard and Emergency Branch. 

The search allegedly resulted in 5.52 kilogrammes in cocaine, 1.94 kilogrammes in marijuana, four magazines and 52 rounds of assorted ammunition being found.   

The three were charged by Insp. Ryan Baptiste of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit.

Police said the he cocaine has an estimated street value of $23.1Mn, while the marijuana has an estimated street value of $25,000.