T&T Olympian Released On Bail After Being Slapped With Gun, Drug Charges

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Trinidadian Olympian Njisane Phillip will return to court on April 24 after he was granted TT$300,000 bail on firearm and drug-related charges.

Phillip, 31, appeared virtually before Senior Magistrate Armina Deonarinesingh in the San Fernando Court on three charges – including possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of marijuana.

He was ordered to surrender both his Trinidad and Tobago and United States passports and to report to a police station every Wednesday.

Phillip, a two-time Olympic cyclist, was arrested on Saturday evening after police pulled over his vehicle for allegedly speeding along the Solomon Hochoy Highway. Media reports said that while he was being questioned by the police, the officers got a strong scent of marijuana coming from his vehicle.

The officers searched the vehicle and allegedly found 62 grammes of marijuana and a firearm with a magazine containing four rounds of 9mm ammunition.

He was arrested and later charged.