One woman and four men were arraigned in Magistrate’s Court Monday in connection with a large drug bust that took place last week.
Cyrus Gardner, 48, of Meadow Street, and Shasoya Stone, 30, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, appeared before Magistrate Subusola Swain and were charged with conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply.
According to reports, police searched a home on Meadows Street on August 16. Police discovered 18 sacks of alleged Indian Hemp, weighing 375 lbs. valuing $375 thousand dollars, and other small packages.
Gardner and Stone pleaded not guilty to the charge and were remanded to the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC) until October 9, when they are set to stand trial.
Kenny Mackey, 33, of Meadow Street, Mark White, 38, of St. Catherine, Jamaica, and Damian Walker, 37, of Kingston, Jamaica appeared before Magistrate Subusola Swain and were charged with conspiracy to present dangerous drugs with intent to supply.
Mackey, White, and Walker pleaded guilty to the charge.
Swain allowed defendants a chance to give a reason for why they should not receive the maximum sentence. Mackey’s lawyer told the court Mackey was self-employed, he didn’t waste the courts time, and he had no previous matters before the court.
White and Walker spoke on their behalf. White admitted he came to the Bahamas with the drugs in his possession, apologized, and would leave the country as soon as possible.
Walker apologized to the court and asked for leniency.
Magistrate Subusola Swain sentenced the trio to BDOC to serve a three-year, six-month sentence, to run concurrently, and for the Jamaican nationals to be deported after their sentence was served with the crime to be recorded on their records.
This article was written by RIEL MAJOR, Eyewitness News intern.