By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE men were remanded to prison without bail yesterday after being arraigned in connection with the recent seizures of more than $420,000 worth of drugs in Bimini.
Romeris Stuart and Richard Smith, 44-year-old residents of Bailey Town, Bimini, stood before Magistrate Andrew Forbes facing two counts of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply stemming from the March 19 raid.
In North Bimini, officers stopped a vessel and discovered 20lbs of suspected cocaine with a street value of $225,000 along with 10lbs of marijuana worth $10,000. Two men were arrested and taken into custody following the discovery.
Stuart and Smith denied the allegations against them when called to answer to the charges and will stand trial on May 31. They were remanded to the Department of Correctional Services, formerly Her Majesty’s Prison, until the completion of trial.
The magistrate informed them of their right to apply for bail to the Supreme Court as his court did not have the jurisdiction to consider a bond.
They have retained Simone Brown to defend them.
In the second arraignment, 54-year-old Sherley Swain, of Port Royal, South Bimini, stood before the magistrate facing a single count of possession of dangerous drugs on Sunday morning following the execution of a search warrant at a house in South Bimini.
When police entered the residence shortly after 8am, according to reports they discovered 191.5lbs of marijuana with a street value of over $191,000.
Swain will stand trial on May 16 having pleaded not guilty to the charge. He too, was remanded to prison to await trial but has the right to apply for bail in the Supreme Court.
Carlson Shurland is defending Swain against the charge.