A 71-year-old man and his son who were allegedly found this month with nearly 800 grams of cannabis and cocaine combined, a firearm magazine, several rounds of ammunition, and more than $25,000 has received bail in the Magistrate’s Court.
Charged are BVI Belongers Clinton Durrant and his 32-year-old son, Jeffery.
The duo is jointly charged with possession of proceeds of criminal conduct and unlawful possession of explosives. Jefferey, on the other hand, is individually charged with two counts of possession of a controlled drug, and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another.
It is alleged that about 6 am on October 9, police conducted a search operation at the Durrant’s residence in Horse Path, Tortola.
During the search, police allegedly found a blue plastic bag containing 61 live rounds of .45 bullets.
“I don’t have anything to say, just lock me up. I didn’t remember that there, honest to God,” Jeffery allegedly said in response to the discovery.
The search continued in the laundry room area where $5,500 cash and three dime bags containing cannabis were found on a computer desk.
The court was told that police proceeded to conduct a search of Jeffery’s person after noticing that the front area of his boxer shorts appeared bulky. A quantity of cannabis was allegedly recovered, the court heard.
The search moved to Clinton’s bedroom where a sealed envelope with cash was found in the closet area.
The 71-year-old man reportedly told police: “This is the money I got from the bank. It’s about $18,000.”
The court was further told that about 20 feet from the family’s driveway in the bushes on the outside of the house, police uncovered two packages inside a box containing cocaine.
The two men were subsequently arrested.
A tally of the recovered items was allegedly found to be 16.1 grams of cannabis, 740 grams of cocaine, $25,900 cash, the 61 rounds of ammunition, and the accompanying firearm magazine. The cannabis has a street value of $161, while the cocaine is valued at $74,000, the court heard.
During an audio-visual interview at the Road Town Police Station, Jeffery chose to remain silent but his father, Clinton, told police he was unaware of the drugs and ammunition. He, however, noted that the monies found were his.
Clinton, who is the former manager of a well-known auto shop was granted $25,000 bail with one signed surety.
Jeffery, a self-employed heavy equipment operator and boat captain was granted $65,000 bail with two signed sureties.
He is to report to the Road Town Police Station every Wednesday between 7 am and 7 pm and is to surrender all travel documents to the police.
Attorney Patrick Thompson represents the duo. They are scheduled to return to court on October 24 when they will answer to the charges.
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