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Nine men charged after $1.2 mil. drug bust

  • Police escort nine men into court on Monday, October 28, 2013 to be charged in connection with a $1.2 million drug bust on Finley Cay, off Eleuthera last Thursday. PHOTOS AHVIA J. CAMPBELL

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 29, 2013

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Nine men charged in connection with a $1.2 million drug bust, pleaded not guilty to various drug related offenses during their arraignment before Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday morning.

Devard Dames, 37, of South Bimini; Ramond Colebrooke, 37, of St. Vincent Road, New Providence; Samiko Rigby, 26, of Boyd Road, New Providence, and Allan Knowles, 38, of Long Island, were charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and importation of dangerous drugs with intent to supply.

They were allegedly found with the drugs on Thursday on Finley Cay, off the coast of Eleuthera.

Those men were also charged along with Elridge Matthias Bowleg, 38, of Eleuthera; Kendrick Smith, 31, of Eleuthera; Donovan Seymour, 33, of Eleuthera, and Valencio Darling, 26, of Eleuthera, with conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply and conspiracy to import dangerous drugs.

Those crimes are alleged to have taken place between September 19 and October 24.

The ninth defendant, John Cartwright, 56, was charged separately with conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to import the drugs.

He is also accused of committing those crimes between September 19 and October 24.

Prosecutor Ercel Dorsett said the drugs weighed 1,374 pounds and have an estimated wholesale value of $1.2 million. Police initially said the drugs were worth more than $2 million.

The matter was adjourned to February 17 at 10 a.m. for all defendants except Cartwright.

Forbes adjourned Cartwright’s case to February 26.

Forbes noted that the court has no jurisdiction to grant bail to any of the defendants.

They were remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons (HMP).

The prosecutor told the court that Rigby had outstanding warrants in Grand Bahama. It is unclear what he was wanted in connection with.

The men were arrested last Thursday.

Police said three men were arrested on Eleuthera and another four were arrested following a high-speed boat chase, which ensued off the coast of Eleuthera and ended in waters near New Providence. The chase ended when the suspects’ boat ran out of gas, according to authorities.

Police said they found dozens of bales of marijuana aboard the speedboat.

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