St John's, Antigua (TDN) -- A court in Antigua today granted bail to two former Police officers after they were charged for possession of cocaine found in a house where two Dominican men were brutally murdered on October 5, 2012.
Bail in the amount of $1.2 million was granted to recently retired officer Arleigh Byer and Cosbert Sergeant, who left the force over a decade ago; over the objection of the prosecutor.
The two ex-cops were charged with possession of 35 kilograms of cocaine, intent to sell cocaine, drug trafficking, conspiracy, and intent to transfer $1.2 million worth of cocaine.
The two men will need to come up with $100 000 of the $1.2 million bail before being released. Byer who is originally from Barbados and the holder of three passports and Sergeant from St Vincent who holds two passports, were asked by Magistrate Joanne Walsh to surrender all their documents to the Police.
They were also required to get two Antigua born sureties and to report to the Police every day until their next scheduled court appearance on February 25, 2013.
Police found cocaine worth over one million dollars at a house where Alwin Robin and Alex Riviere of Dominica were found shot to death in what they described as an execution style killing.
The two ex-cops were named as custodians of the home. Byer is believed to have been out of Antigua at the time of the murder.
Robin, who owned two small businesses in Dominica was in Antigua for about one week before his death and was living at the house. Riviere was residing in Antigua for over a decade.
So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the murders and Police say their investigations are continuing. The prosecution had requested that bail be denied because they feared that the men could interfere with the ongoing murder investigation.