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Prisoner transfer

Grenada Coast Guard officers prepare to hand over Vincentian murder suspect, Joel Gary Barker, to their Vincentian counterparts on Friday. (Photo: Kendel Mark)

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The Vincentian murder suspect who was captured in Grenada has been returned to St. Vincent.

Police in Grenada say that Joel Gary Barker, 31, was nabbed during a police operation last Sunday about 5 a.m. in Telescope, St. Andrew.

He was subsequently charged with possession of a controlled drug, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and illegally entering the state.

On Wednesday, he appeared before a magistrate in Grenada who granted a removal order.

Barker was removed from Grenada to St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday.

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Joel Gary Barker
The suspect: Joel Gary Barker, of Penniston.

Last Wednesday, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ police chief, Colin John told journalists in Kingstown that Barker had been nabbed in Grenada.

“On the weekend, we received information that the suspect was apprehended in Grenada. We are making efforts to get him from Grenada. I spoke to the Commissioner of Police in Grenada, so we are making efforts to get him back to St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” the acting commissioner of police said.

He said that the Penniston man — who is also known as “Bodown” and “Platinum” – was expected to be repatriated soon.

Police had issued a wanted bulletin for Barker, who was wanted in connection with the murder of Kareem Bowens, 23.

Bowens died at the Union Island Hospital on Oct. 3 after receiving a single gunshot wound to his chest.

The incident occurred near a shop on the southern Grenadine island.