Dexter Chance, the Vincentian man who was cleared in July 2022 of charges in connection with an EC$4 million drug bust in Grenada, was murdered there today (Monday).
Chance, 51, of Layou, originally of Chateaubelair, was shot and killed in Woburn, St. George.
A photograph circulated on social media showed the bloody body of the murdered man seated in the driver seat of a vehicle.
Chance, along with Grenadian Bernard Spann, 46, and Jamaicans Ian White, 53, and Alrick Reynolds, 48, were arrested in August 2019 in connection with the seizure of 40 kilos of cocaine at Dr. Grooms, Point Salines, Grenada.
Immediately after the arrests, Chance was denied bail as the prosecution told the court that they believed that Chance’s arrest had helped in cracking open a major drug ring in the Caribbean.
However, in January 2020, he was granted bail, the conditions of which included reporting to police twice weekly, surrendering his travel documents and obtaining permission of the court to leave Grenada.
Chance remained in Grenada after being freed of the charges last July.
In 2011, Chance, along with fellow Vincentians Gareth McDowall and Carlos Sutherland, was extradited to Tortola to stand trial along with Virgin Islanders Dale Nibbs, Khoy Penn and Asif Glasgow in connection with a 2008 drug bust.
The men were charged in connection with 61 kilos of cocaine that the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force found onboard a chartered catamaran.
The cocaine had an estimated street value of US$1 million.
On July 3, 2012, Chance and the other Vincentians were sentenced to six years in prison for importing drugs into the Virgin Islands.
However, five years later, the Vincentian men returned home as free men after the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions for drug importation, on the ground that the then erred in law in relying on a certificate of analysis not bearing the name of the defendants.
“I am very happy to be free to get back home to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to be with my friends and family,” Chance told Virgin Islands News Online after being freed.