Dominica Man Granted $200,000 Bail in Major Drug Bust Case

Dominica authorities seize $18.8M worth of cocaine and cannabis, arrest local man Anton Roberts on drug trafficking charges. Preliminary inquiry set for September.

Ayesha Mumtaz
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Dominica Man Granted $200,000 Bail in Major Drug Bust  Case

Dominica Man Granted $200,000 Bail in Major Drug Bust Case

Anton Roberts of Castle Bruce, Dominica, has been granted $200,000 bail after being charged in connection with a significant drug seizure on a farm in Castle Bruce on April 12, 2024. The operation uncovered 696.36 kg of cocaine and 37 lbs of cannabis with a total street value of EC$18,875,720.

Roberts appeared before a court in Roseau where he was required to surrender his travel documents as part of the bail conditions set by the court. Samuel Jacob of Castle Bruce stood as his surety for the substantial bail amount. A preliminary inquiry into the matter has been scheduled for September 13, 2024 at the court in Castle Bruce.

Why this matters: The major drug bust and high-profile arrest highlight the ongoing efforts by authorities to combat drug trafficking operations in the Caribbean. The case is likely to shed light on the scale and sophistication of the illegal drug trade on the island of Dominica.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, lead investigator Inspector James Durand stated, "This seizure and arrest mark a significant step in our fight against the drug trade. We will continue to pursue all leads and bring those responsible to justice." The drugs confiscated in the raid are believed to have originated from South America, though authorities are still tracing the exact route and method of transport to Dominica.

Key Takeaways

  • Anton Roberts charged for 696.36 kg cocaine, 37 lbs cannabis seizure
  • Roberts granted $200,000 bail, must surrender travel documents
  • Preliminary inquiry scheduled for September 13, 2024
  • Drugs believed to originate from South America, investigation ongoing
  • Authorities vow to continue fight against drug trade in Dominica