SIX Diego Martin men were remanded in custody after they appeared in court yesterday charged with trafficking $6 million worth of marijuana on Monday.
Jahzeel Joseph, 27, of Sea Trace, River Estate, is charged with two offences—trafficking marijuana and trafficking 479 packets of marijuana.
The other five men—Joseph Dass, 24, of Never Green; Richard Roberts, 21, of Savannah Terrace; David Richards, 35, of Queen Drive, Bagatelle; Dwight Frank, 23, of Andrew Street; Salim Walke, 25, of Sea Trace—all appeared before Magistrate Marcia Murray, charged with trafficking close to six kilogrammes of marijuana on Monday and shooting at five police officers.
The men were held in some bushes by officers of the West End Police Station on Monday morning.
The five men, who were all represented by attorney Criston J Williams, are also charged with possession of a pistol and eight rounds of ammunition, and possession of the firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
The men are also charged with shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm to Constables Jared Cario, Jason Clement, Alvin Duntin and Corporals Marlon Linton and Dillon Constantine.
When the issue of bail arose, court prosecutor Sgt Caren Arthurs told the magistrate the men should not be granted bail at this time since their criminal tracing was not yet available.
She added the seriousness of the offence and the number of accusations against the men were also grounds to deny them bail.
Williams told Murray it is now becoming a trend that accused men are being brought to court without their criminal tracing, making it difficult for them to access bail.
He said the men were in custody since Monday. However, when asked by the magistrate, the accused said it was only Thursday they were fingerprinted.
Williams said something should be done about it.
Murray said she had to abide by the tracing and adjourned the matter to Tuesday. She also transferred the matter to the 4B court.