Tuesday 17 October, 2017

$10.5M bail for Claxton Bay brothers 

Two Claxton Bay brothers were granted a total of $10.5 million bail after appearing before a Couva Magistrate on Wednesday, charged with cocaine and marijuana trafficking and possession of firearm and ammunition.

This, according to a statement issued on Thursday by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).

Police said a third accused, who was jointly charged with the siblings, was advised to apply to a judge in chambers for bail.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $23.1 million, while the marijuana has an estimated street value of $25,000.

Wayne Havelock, 34, a fisherman, of Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay, who was charged with trafficking in cocaine and marijuana and possession of firearm and ammunition, was granted $5.5 million bail.

His brother Joel Havelock, 28, also a fisherman of the same address, who was charged with trafficking cocaine and marijuana, was granted bail in the amount of $5 million.

The third accused, Yudishtir Maharaj, a 36-year-old businessman of El Socorro Extension, San Juan, was charged with cocaine and marijuana trafficking and possession of firearm and ammunition and advised to apply to a judge on the issue of bail.

The three accused appeared before Senior Magistrate Siumongal Ramsaran in the Couva Magistrates’ 1st Court on Wednesday to answer to the charges and the matter was adjourned to Monday October 23, 2017.

The men were arrested on Friday October 6 after officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, stopped and searched a vehicle 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.