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‘Robocop’ denied bail on marijuana charge
Six days after he was arrested at the home of former drug kingpin Dole Chadee and charged with marijuana possession, Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis has been denied bail. Magistrate Brahmanand Dubay told him: “Take a chance before a judge in chambers.” Alexis, 48, of Railway Road Extension, Chaguanas, reappeared before Dubay in the Tunapuna Second Court yesterday.
He initially appeared on February 18, jointly charged with Dexter Caesar, 43, of Festival City, Georgetown, Guyana, and Shawn Ricardo Worrell, 39, of Half-Moon Fort, Barbados, with marijuana possession after a police raided a house at Co-operative Street, Spring Village, Valsayn, on February 14. Alexis was remanded until yesterday pending tracing, while Caesar and Worrell are scheduled to reappear on February 25.
Denied bail on Monday, Alexis’ attorney Criston Williams yesterday argued that although Alexis had six convictions and several matters pending, he was still entitled to bail. Pointing out that police had recovered a small amount of marijuana during the raid, Williams estimated the street value of the 11 grammes of marijuana as approximately $75.
The magistrate challenged Williams to reveal from which expert he had acquired that figure. He then cautioned Williams, saying: “Different quality drugs have different prices...Avoid getting into the street value until you have expert advice.” Denying Alexis bail on the basis of his record and prevalence of the offence, Dubay later adjourned the matter to February 25.