Soufriere Drug Erad­i­ca­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On Thurs­day, 22nd Jan­uary, 2015 the Po­lice con­ducted an erad­i­ca­tion ex­er­cise at Fond St. Jac­ques sit­u­ated in the quar­ter of Soufriere. Whilst there, one cannabis plan­ta­tion was erad­i­cated. A to­tal of seven thou­sand, one hun­dred and thirty six (7,136) plants and twenty thou­sand (20,000) seedlings were up­rooted and de­stroyed. Three hun­dred pounds (300 lbs) of dried cannabis was also re­cov­ered and de­stroyed at the said plan­ta­tion.

Dur­ing the erad­i­ca­tion, 35-year-old John E. Lawrence of Des­ruis­seaux, Mi­coud and 23-year-old Den­ni­son Wille of Fond St. Jac­ques, Soufriere were ar­rested and charged for the of­fences of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply a con­trolled drug, and cul­ti­va­tion of a con­trolled drug.

They ap­peared be­fore the Sec­ond Dis­trict Court in Vieux Fort where they were bailed in the sum of EC$2,000 cash or suit­able surety on the charge of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled drug, EC$2,000 cash or suit­able surety on the charge of in­tent to sup­ply a con­trolled drug and EC$4,000 cash or suit­able surety on the charge of cul­ti­va­tion of a con­trolled drug.

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