Police make breakthrough in homicide case with another major drug bust

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Police make breakthrough in homicide case with another major drug bust
Cuthbert Joseph and another man were on their way to a marijuana plantation when an armed gang from outside the area accosted them. Joseph was shot and killed.
Cuthbert Joseph, aka Golda, and an elderly man were on their way to a marijuana plantation when an armed gang from outside the area accosted them. Joseph was shot and killed.

Police are closer to solving the recent fatal shooting of a man in Aux Lyon, Dennery after the discovery of seven marijuana plantations yesterday, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

According to sources, police teams investigating the homicide of 27-year-old Cuthbert Joseph aka Golda discovered and uprooted almost 36,000 marijuana plants in a joint operation between the Major Crimes Unit, Dennery and Richfond police.

Three persons are now in police custody.

The operation was conducted in Aux Lyon, a heavily forested area called Africa – the location where Joseph, a resident of Aux Lyon, was shot on Saturday, September 7, 2013 after a gang of up to seven armed men invaded the plantation.

According to a police press release about the homicide, Joseph was shot between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Police said in the press release that Joseph along with 62-year-old Phillip Hippolyte, also known as Ras Mazumba of La Pearle, Dennery, were “en route to their garden” when they were accosted by five armed men”.

The report added: “The men proceeded to tie up Phillip and Joseph. During such time, Joseph attempted to elude the men when several shots were fired in his direction. Hippolyte was able to free himself sometime later and went in search of his companion who he found lying on his back several feet away from where he was tied. Joseph appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds to his upper body. Subsequently, Hippolyte proceeded to the Richfond Police Station where he made a report. Joseph was later conveyed to Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead.”

The body of Cuthbert Joseph.

Though that report gave basic details of the incident, the root runs deeper.

According to reliable sources, though the shooting took place on the plantation, Joseph’s body was carried close to civilization, about three hours away from the marijuana plantation/s, in a bid to keep the actual location of the illegal farm secret from the police. The shooting took place early in the morning but was reported to police at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

A source close to the investigations yesterday directed the officers to the actual scene which is about four hours walk up and down hills from the Montego Bay area in Aux Lyon. Reports are that the operation began at 10 am and was completed at about 7 pm.

Sources further revealed that the men responsible for Joseph’s murder and raid/robbery of the marijuana plantation belong to a gang in the Babonneau/Chassin area.

It is understood that the robbers – a gang of about five to seven men – walked almost seven hours from Babonneau to Aux Lyon, through the mountains.

Friday’s bust comes two days after 10,500 marijuana plants were uprooted and destroyed from 10 plantations in Aux Lyon, La Perle and La Ressource.

A police press release said that “eradication exercise” was conducted by officers attached to the Drug Unit, Special Services Unit, Dennery and Richfond Police Stations in the three communities at Dennery on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

No one was arrested in relation to this operation.

That same day (Wednesday, September 11, 2013) police scored another drug bust. At about 11:37 pm, officers attached to the Marine Unit of the Southern Division intercepted a vessel named “Stranger” off the coast of Cap Marquis in the north with 600 pounds of the illegal plant.

“The vessel was boarded and searched. At the time, there were five men on board, all of whom are from Dennery,” a police press release said.

“During the search, the officers recovered two packages of what appeared to be cannabis. Several other packages containing similar plant materials were recovered from the water. In total, 16 polythene bags were recovered. The vessel was escorted to the Marine Unit along with its occupants and contents. All the individuals were arrested and taken into custody for drug-related offences. They are expected to be charged at a later date by officers attached to the Drug Unit.”

Efforts to contact the investigating officers in relation to the drug busts over the past three days have been unsuccessful. Reports are that they are out of office for the weekend.

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  1. The crime may stop when marijuana is decriminalized but it seems to me that the people involved in the cultivation of it are stupid. Why not plant food instead. They risk death to make a quick buck and at the end of the day the very same family that they were trying to help ends up losing them.

    And to the people who think that the criminalization of cannabis produces crime, think again. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS A CHOICE!

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  2. This senseless loss of life is yet another manifestation of the domino effect of this extremely absurd legislation criminalizing the possession, cultivation and trafficking of this plant species, which mankind found on this planet, from the beginning. We claim ownership of, or desire for sovereignty and yet we blindly follow the lead of Anglo-Saxon neo-puritans, who for their own selfish financial reasons foisted this 'law' upon mankind, only as recently as the early 1900's (around 1920). In promoting eradication, is uncle Sam saying that its very inclusion in the bio-diversity bequeathed to all humanity, was an error? Who made the seed? If possession thereof is a crime, does that not make that entity (the almighty) a criminal accessory before the fact?
    It is because this plant is decreed illegal, whereas it is so useful to mankind in so many ways, that so much criminal activity is spawned. Otherwise it would grow so ubiquitously (significantly boosting our tourism potential) as to be totally unattractive to criminal entrepreneurs!!

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  3. Wait did I read this right 36000 that is thirty six thousand weed plants? It means the demand is very high! How was that plantation only now discovered? We have more problems than we care to acknowledge. The truth is when a country is overwhelmed with unemployment like we are here in SLU people will turn to illegal activity to support themselves and their families. While I don't condone breaking the law I can't judge people who instead of robbing somebody decides to grow weed. It is difficult to convince a hungry person not to eat. The truth is government SHOULD NOT provide all the jobs in a county and I think ours is way beyond its limit and because they want votes they create more jobs (at the expense of the masses) and over tax our citizens. That is why we need creative and brilliant minds to help in such worldwide difficult economic times. We had Ubaldus and the SLP allowed him to go on and make waves in the Bahamas economy. Talk about. Brain Drain! They are expecting 3.4% growth and us a 0.9% . So Kenny may jus need to consult Ubaldus anyhow because it is obvious he knows what he is doing. I can't say the same for Kenny and the rest of the merry SLP band wagon. After all by the politicans on account we are on course! Smh!

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  4. crimes where these thugs/criminals are killed shouldn't be an issue IMO like they do in the US just let them kill each other and don't give it the light of day

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  5. again, if st.lucia suppose to b a
    praying nation, n christian too, how come they cant see their leaders contradictions, because according to their bible,in genesis chapter 1 verses 29, they say, god say, that god give man every herb bearing seed for meat( food),how now brown cow say that it is illegal n everybody agree…..double standards…either rewrite your books, or follow suit, and stop blaming my children, THEY DIDN’T WRITE THE BOOKS

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  6. we get what we ask for, we suppose to be one black people struggling to survive in this hard climate that we put ourselves in by letting crockery lead us, now see, we act like crabs in a barrel. whether it be spiritually, emotionally, politically, technically or even rambally.

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  7. How ancient and uncivilised to still believe in, and condone the unnecessary death of this man. They killed him because he had a marihuana plantation. The police in SLU are a law unto themselves and mant of you, not as righteous and sanctimonious as you portray yourselves are ignorant, backward and bloodthirsty. How could anyone, in 2013 agree with the deliberate death of another human in these circumstances. Forgive me if I missed something, but were these people armed? This is a common occurrence in SLU; this shoot to kill "policy" has to stop. I say YES to an independent police complaint agency.....then again St.lucians are so crooked......

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  8. To Truth yute the only ignorance i see here is from you. You know how much our farmers, fishermen and so on have been robbed by the same business places you want them to sell to making it hard for them to grow and sell and make a profit when all the money goes to the company. jobs are getting harder to find, we have no resources, we are over taxed and most importantly people a hungry and getting desperate so their alternative is to plant the so called illegal drug for sale where by with the hustle they can get money to support their family. I'm not politicizing shit notice i didn't mention which government i just said government and the police stupid. And i also told you which country survives on the cash flow of good alone. There is good and bad and the world and all countries have learned to survive by cash flows from both so mr stop being an educated ass and by the way eh steal my name punk.

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    • So what you saying is that selling, farming or being directly/indirectly involved in the distribution of an illegal drug is OK as long as "you need to feed your family" and the country has no jobs? You are more ignorant than I thought. What about the people who work for low wages in this country.. don't they have families to feed too? what about the vendors who sell by the markets and make very little money.. don't you think they have families too? What about bus drivers, teachers and janitors? Also do you think that legalizing marijuana would solve our cash flow problems and create more jobs? With drugs come guns, murders and all sorts of perils that will only lead to damaging our reputation overseas and our locals living in fear. Get your facts straight... the cause of the problem is not the government or police but the character of the young men who choose to not work hard and abide by the laws of society.

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  9. I love looking through an article that can make people think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

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  10. Nicole I concur but when I see ignorance at the top I fight with ignorance! Maybe you can teach your colleague a thing or two about how not to be ignorant, we have a problem here in St Lucia, it's needs to be nipped in the bud, I say tell the USA to take a hick and let's take measures against the lowlife who want to takeover the place.

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  11. I eh care what nobody say but his murder is partly blamed on the Government and the police because the country eh making no money like that and you implement Vat at 15% then you want to stop all marijuana from coming in which means you have people dess for money to feed their household because the country eh have jobs. So what you want them to do not raid mun and mun farm and look now ya'll even want to burn down farms making it even hard for people to make money to feed their families and their children. What you think will happen soon when people get desperate and they eh have no money. i want to know what ya'll fools go do when de world legalize marijuana and make a killing on it when ya'll are still deh turning top in mud trying to find ways of building your economy for ya'll people to survive. Which economy in the world survives without an under world or criminal gains. You ever hear there is a world without night it can never happen so stop trying to take out the bad because when ya'll do succeed in taking out all bad all ya'll would be left with is an economy totally burnt out by the sun.

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    • You've made such senseless statements to suggest that this is happening because of the government. Most St.Lucians are law abiding citizens and the consumption of marijuana is illegal. If these "farmers" put as much effort into growing food crops they'd make lots of money selling to hotels or exporting their goods overseas. The only reason why they don't do it is because of their ignorant mindset and lack of motivation to earn a living doing things the right way.

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  12. Hello plz don't b stupid n ignorant wether its yellow or red no body or government can stop crime. It is what it is end of damn days. Focus on ur life dats better dam politics cuz I'm a flambeau n which ever 1 dats deh da same thing dey doing. Bull shit with damn politics. We are the ones to stop crime. We all chk 4 one another n ur business fix

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    • Nicole

      Choops!!! You mean when crime happen no one should turn to our government for answers? All over the world people look to their elected officials to lend a hand. There is so much that we can do but government have a big role to play to protect us. Why is it that once labour in power no one must blame the government but when flambeau in power everyone can blame the government for crime. Nicole behave yourself.

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  13. Listen to ignorance! Police bend over backward to solve another murder and its Kenny's fault! You all yellow bellied people all you go die of Cher feb because Kenny in power! Kenny say nom mama zot la! I leave you and your party that in a disarray. One thing I know the Pitbull eh walking and leaving central for all you! Maybe you may get rid of King but RF will be pinezz forever stay der!

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  14. Wowww, such efforts by the police and not one comment of commendation. For all those who say that once is marijuana the police running, there it is in black and white. They killing each other for weed right now. If the police had eradicated that plantation already Golda would probably still be alive now. So how about we give the police when praise is due just like we giving them their business when they do wrong

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    • Of course we praise the police but does that bring back Golda? How can anyone only be happy with that they find who kill who and not how to prevent the death of Golda and others like this man? You see we have our sh.t upside down in this country. The things we have to focus on is not what we does forcus on. What's the use of cathing 3 criminals when 10 other innnocent persons are going to suffer the same fate as Golda.

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      • Preventing the death of Golda and all the other victims of crime is not the sole responsibility of the police. In fact the prevention of crime begins with each individual; our choices, way of life, and several other behaviors and habits can make a significant impact on crime. There is no doubt that the police have a responsibility and obligation in the fight against crime, but we must play our part too. I agree that recognizing the efforts of the police in crime fighting will not bring not bring Golda and others back, but we must also understand that a little encouragement and support can make a big difference in controlling our crime problem.

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  15. And Kenny don't think the country is out of control? Where are the hypocrites to open their dirty red mouths. You have more guns and gunmen in a 2 x 4 islands than you police. What does that say??????? Tell Kenny and his red mouth hypocrites who all of a sudden "love" St Lucia because En Rouge is power that I say kiss my rear!! Choops.

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