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$.8 million bail for two friends on weed charge

Monday, July 28, 2014

Two friends who were arrested last week in connection with the seizure almost 13 kilos of marijuana have been released on almost $1 million in bail.

Sefan Gangroo, of Bridge Road, San Juan and 20-year-old Rahim Joseph, of Mt Pleasant Road, Carenage, were each granted $400,000 bail when they appeared before Magistrate Gloria Jasmath in the Port-of-Spain Fourth Magistrate Court last Friday. They were not called upon to plead to the charges, which were laid indictably.

Both men were arrested at a house in Carenage, last Tuesday, after Western Division police and detectives of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) executed a search warrant at the property and found the illegal drugs which have a street value of more than $350,000.

After being interrogated by police both men were charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act for marijuana trafficking. They were also charged for ammunition possession  for the three rounds of .38 calibre bullets which were also allegedly found in the house. PC Hernandez laid the charges.

The 22 plastic packages of marijuana were brought to court and inspected by Jasmath. She then ordered that it be taken to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for forensic testing. 

Gangroo was represented by Patrick Godson-Phillip, while Mansergh Griffith appeared for Joseph.

Both men will reappear in court on August 23.