High Court Judge, the Honourable Madame Justice Kathy Ann Latchoo has made the first Confiscation Order here, under the Proceeds of Crime and Money laundering (Prevention) Act, Chapter 181 of the Laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Revised Edition 2009.
She did so at the High Court in Kingstown, today December 22nd, 2015.
A release from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says that in sentencing Khamal Tito DeRoche also known as ‘Travey’ of Sion Hill, for the offence of possession with intent to supply 4,299 grammes of cocaine, Justice Latchoo found that DeRoche has benefitted from drug trafficking in the sum of $686,118.63 over the six year period prior to his arrest on November 14th, 2012.
Justice Latchoo however ruled that his realizable assets amounted to $109, 459.34, consisting mainly of rental vehicles and accounts at a bank and credit unions.
He was ordered to pay the $109, 459.34 to the Registrar of the High Court by March 30th, 2016, or serve seven years imprisonment in default. That sum, once paid, will be transferred to the Confiscated Assets Fund.
On the substantive charge of possession with intent to supply, DeRoche was sentenced to three years imprisonment, with the time of eleven months spent on remand to be deducted.