Man caught with over 100 pounds of weed in car, unable to meet bail

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Man caught with over 100 pounds of weed in car, unable to meet bail

A man who was intercepted with over 100 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle on the Dennery/Vieux Fort Highway on June 13, 2013 remains in police custody as he is unable to meet his $22,500 cash bail requirement.

According to a press release, police officers intercepted Burke Baptiste of Richfond, Dennery with the drugs in a white Toyota motor car registration number PK 1378 at about 12:30 p.m.

“During the intercept, he attempted to evade the police. In so doing his car collided with a marked police vehicle causing damage to its front bumper,” the police report said.

“A search was conducted on the said vehicle as well as its occupant. The officers recovered three large sacks of green plant material suspected to be cannabis. The bags had a combined weight of 105 pounds. He was arrested and taken into custody.”

Baptiste was charged with possession and intent to supply a controlled drug, dangerous driving, driving without a valid driver’s license and failing to stop after an accident.

He appeared before the Second District Court in Dennery on Wednesday June 19, 2013.

For the drug related offenses, bail was set at $19,000 and $3,500 cash was requested for his alleged traffic violations.

Baptiste is expected to be transported to the Bordelais Correctional Facility and is scheduled to make another court appearance on Tuesday June 25, 2013, the police report said.

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  1. yea...read everything them idiots write in the news!!!!...first of all the media has a responsibility to get their story straight...secondly the police have an obligation to ensure facts are quoted in the news and should be corrected if the statements are not factual...all eyewitnesses to the actual interception confirmed that the police hit an un occupied car...are they too embarassed to say that they hit burke s car and never found anyone there?....they arrested burke for possession of 100 pounds of marijuana when he came to report his car stolen later that day...how do u charge someone for illegal possession of a plant if u arrested him in a police station after the alleged drug bust when he is in possession of nothing...if he is so guilty , y were the officers unable to arrest him at the scene of the crime???...if they were so sure they at least saw him, why did they have a line up scheduled and then cancelled???..why cant the story go printed like it happened??...how could police let the media print and report garbage that is so baseless and twisted??? Did the judge just even hear he was not in the car or even seen when she set bail at forty something thousand????...it is no wonder i m reading so many comments to a fictitious story while someone s life has been wasted because ppl read garbage and they respond with more garbage...remember its your justice system too and its just a matter of time before the police and the media combine forces to tarnish your reputation with lies...just for a good story...i could take a piss on the lucian flag right now...i m really ashamed of this country

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    • ADMIN: Sir do the right thing: contact the Police Press Office and report your concern. Ranting here on SNO does nothing. It was that office that submitted the information seen on SNO and reported by DBS, HTS etc. SNO reported on the info provided to them, like all other media did.

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  2. If the government had a brain they would realise its working great for the Netherlands without any extra violence. And the reason why it’s illegal is because the government decided to make it illegal. I remember when my gran gave me weed teal to Lo-co-Clish. I still have La-Co-Clish and no weed tea.

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  3. yeah rebel, i feel you on that, make it illegal over here an pupets in power with no balls agree with everything whilst the americans making it legal state by state . Not there fault our leaders still have tunnel vision.

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  4. overcrowding jails with people for herbs.. stupidness.. The same america which is forcing her hand to make it illlegal in the caribbean is legalizing it in states and calling it a medicine.. Wake up st.lucia! police in st.lucia need to actually solv crime and stop fight herb!

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    • i agree with you rebel, we need to find out from our governments just how much money is spent running down these folks who could have actually be contributing critical foreign exchange which get spent here!!!
      why not decriminalise and tax and ensure that there are standards to keep the populace safe. think about the prohibition era, it taught an important lesson, that when you have such high numbers in your population consuming a product,then it makes sense to look at the true impact of keeping it in the shadows. prohibition actually created the Alcapones of the time and funded the mob for a generation and more, as soon as they ended it, that changed and look at the tax revenues from alcohol... why cant the saame be done with weed??? it just makes sense!!!!

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  5. WHY MUST WE HV TO TURN TO ILLEGAL STUFF JUST TO GET BY. DONT MATTER HOW HARD THINGS GET ALWAYS BEAR IN MIND YOU MIGHT GET CAUGHT ONE DAY. SO TJ HOPE U ENCOURAGE HIM SINCE U KNOW HIM. SO SAD. GOD BLESS.

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  6. Figure it out things hard de man was just trying alittle hustle for he and his family to survive these tuff times and you saying leave him deh. When rich man doing their ting and can afford bail and all ya'll eh have nothing to say when they doing to just satisfy their greed. that's why the poor will always remain poor. But you are wise very wise civil servant i wonder when the situation get worst and people start doing more just to eat what you are going to say then because it's coming you know.

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    • Well... he getting taken care of there, not so? That's what your tax dollars paying for, so no complaints. Things hard everywhere pardna. We not learning to make do with the lil we have. We want car, house, woman, everyting all at the same time. How about work hard and build your saving ova time and then accomplish things in life without having to resort to criminal behaviour? What wrong wit that?

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      • coming for someone who has a guaranteed salary no matter how little they may work just sounds a bit condescending. it seems like you are living in some kind of bubble!! while i respect your right to think that weed is bad but to say that ppl should just satisdy with what they have i start to wonder whether you will say the same the next time there is talk about a salary increase or there is some post that wasn't given to you. the truth is things tough and i suspect that you will see much worse crimes than this as we get poorer

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  7. well let him sell it, he will be able to make bail, more money for the state...2 familes will be to eat..

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    • Let him stay there!!! Civil Servant, your turn will come some day...It may not be you, but it might be your child, grand child...Don't wish bad for anyone when you don't know their story because what goes around comes around. You may be at the top today but one mistake can cause you to hit rock bottom tomorrow, be careful cause I've seen it happen to many one time big-shots who are now 'beggars'. Burke was not caught with cannabis. He was arrested after reporting his car stolen and charged several days later. I'm sure we have not heard the end of this story...

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