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As the decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes takes root in St Vincent and the Grenadines and as an amnesty for traditional marijuana farmers hovers, there is concern that a trap might have been set for the ‘traditional farmer’ as the conduct of investigating agencies such as the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) could be in contrast to what is believed to be parliament’s intention. The issue surfaced in the Serious Offences Court yesterday when Chateaubelair resident Andy ‘Blacka’ Bennett appeared on a charge of possessing 47 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply. Bennett pleaded guilty to the charge and…

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Two lawyers representing three men arrested and charged in connection with a drug bust in the north of the country last weekend have stoutly rejected the $1.73 million estimated street value presented by the prosecution. The three men, Mark Bristol, 48 years old Mason of McCarthy, Carton Allen, 40 years old Diver of Union Island and Marvin Alexander, 43 years old Sea Captain of Diamond/Union Island have been charged with possession of 292,376 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply to another on February 23rd, 2019; possession of 292,376 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on February 23rd,…

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Twenty-six year old Atiba Bess of Ottley Hall is alleged to have shot at two police officers at Ottley Hall last week Tuesday. Bess was subsequently arrested and charged with the offence. When he appeared before the Serious Offences Court yesterday, the prosecution, when asked if they had any objection said no. Bess was granted $10,00.00 bail with one surety. However, when the court adjourned sitting for the day, he was still in custody as he had failed to get a surety to sign his bail bond. Bess recently was released from prison after serving sentence for the killing of…

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Lawyer Grant Connell and Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne earlier today expressed differing views on the matter of whether the selling of ganja at a sports meet last Friday was an aggravating feature. The opposing views came as Connell gave mitigating factors on behalf of his client Collin Marshall who appeared before the Serious Offences Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of 23 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply to another. Marshall was arrested at the Victoria Park last Friday afternoon when a police officer found him with a number of small zip-locked bags containing cannabis intended…

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Police are investigating a report of Attempted Robbery as made by a 74-year-old Retired Post Master of the United Kingdom/Villa and a 66-year-old Self-Employed of the same address against an unknown mask man on 24.02.19. According to the Virtual Complainants reports the unknown person who was armed with a gun allegedly pointed it at them and attempted to rob them at Villa on 23.02.19. The police are therefore soliciting information from members of the public that will aid with the investigation and the prosecution of the offender to contact the Assistant Commissioner in charge Crimes at 1784-456-1339 or Officer in…

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Police have arrested and charged Ozem Olliver, 16 years old Student of Glen with Robbery on 22.02.19. The accused adolescent being armed with a gun allegedly robbed a 20-year-old Cashier of Peruvian Vale and 20-year-old unemployed of North Union of a quantity of items valued one thousand and ninety-eight (EC$1098.00) dollars. He is expected to appear before the Family Court to answer the charges.

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Police have arrested and charged Cuomo Pierre, 24 years old Clerk of Chateaubelair with Theft on 22.02.19. The accused man allegedly stole one lottery ticket and four hundred and fifty (EC$450) dollars in cash from a 51-year-old Vendor of Fitz Hughes. The incident occurred at Chateaubelair on 04.02.19. Pierre is expected to appear before the Magistrate Court to answer the Charges.

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The Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, will on March 20-21 host a workshop on “Resilient Urban Development of the Modern City and Kingstown” this as government moves ahead with plans to make Arnos Vale the next city in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The workshop will focus on two key areas: (a) the revitalization of Kingstown and (b) the development of Arnos Vale as a “modern city”. Specific topics will include design of urban spaces, development of business and financial models to fund urban investments, optimization of transportation systems, and management of disaster and climate risks. This strategy…

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Residents of North Leeward are now better able to access health care services with the completion and handover of the Chateaubelair Smart Hospital and Clinic in a ceremony on Tuesday February 19th. In his welcome remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Cuthbert Knights, described the Chateaubelair Smart Hospital and Clinic as a “magnificent facility”. He expressed gratitude to PAHO and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for their support and for “touching the lives of many”. PAHO Country Supervisor, Alex Williams, explained that initial results of a baseline assessment of the previous…

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Police have arrested and charged Amos Bascombe, 60 years old Farmer of Carriere with Grievous Bodily Harm on 19.02.19. The accused on the 02.09.17 at Carriere, allegedly inflected grievous bodily harm on a 45-year-old farmer of the same address by beating him about the body with a piece of iron, at Carriere on 02.09.17. He is expected to appear before the Serious Offences Court to answer the charges.

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