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Not here! Cephus Sealey.

By Bryan Walker | Sun, September 16, 2012 - 12:10 AM

The man who was solely responsible for drug rehabilitation in prisons in Barbados is adamant that Cuban Raul Garcia should not be let loose on the nation’s streets – not now, not even 20 years from now.

And Cephus Sealey, who served for ten years at Glendairy and then HMP Dodds, is calling on the Government to petition the United Nations to pay for Garcia’s stay here until the global body can find somewhere to lodge the now “stateless” Immigration detainee.

In an exclusive interview with the SUNDAY SUN, Sealey, who retired in May, said Garcia, who was moved to a “safe house” last Sunday at the Garrison, St Michael, after serving nearly 20 years in jail for cocaine possession, never showed any interest in rehabilitation or any remorse over his deeds, and as such still posed a danger to this country.

“Garcia remains an unknown entity . . . . I am subscribing to his isolation from our society at large, period. He came to Barbados with drugs, which meant he was coming to someone, or to people. We do not know whom he was coming to."

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 2 years, 1 month ago
I agree with Mr. Sealey's point of view in this matter. Some people are erroneously making out Mr. Garcia to be some kind of choir boy. They should remember that he didn't come to Barbados to sing hymns. He came to distribute deadly drugs which is the scourge of any nation. Causes suffering, destruction and death of many of our citizens. As such, I believe that convicted drug dealers should receive the death penalty. Romans 13:1-5 could be the basis for enactment of such a law.There are others passages in the OT pertaining to laws calling for use of capital punishment for convicted perpetrators of certain serious crimes against society.

It’s difficult for the average person to accept the idea that Mr.Garcia embarked on a trip to Barbados with a supply of drugs willy nilly. Common sense should tell one that in addition to the contraband, he possessed the name of at least one contact person. I mean one just doesn’t show up in a foreign country and simply begin dealing hard core drugds. There would be turf invasion, distribution issues and the like to consider. Somebody in Bim knew about Mr.Garcia’s plan prior to his entry. But no one is saying. Remember Proverbs 15: 3.

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Posted by Nora Regis 2 years, 1 month ago
The Barbados courts could have sentenced Garcia to life in prison for narcotic trafficking if they wanted to keep him from society indefinitely. The fact that they sentenced him to 20 years, which he end up doing more time, is a travesty for the justice system to continue to restrict his freedom.
Mr. Sealey, you want the UN to pay for Garcia’s illegal stay in Barbados, All you can expect to get from the international community is a boycott of tourism which could be in works.

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Posted by wayne husbands 2 years, 1 month ago
Reading this portion of the story,one gets the the impression that cephus sealy is an investigative officer,rather than a rehabilitation professional, as a student and graduate of substance abuse,mental health and mental retardation,i would enquire and be curios of mr. sealey's qualification to be in the position that he has retired from?here he states or infers that garcia did not say who was his associates in barbados.and that is his conclusion that garcia is not a subject of rehab andshould not be considered a person fit for rentry into he sure that the drugs were intended to remain in barbados? if they were intended to remain in barbados,would it be a safe thing for garcia to reveal that information,taking into consideration that his life could be in danger?these two questions came from an investigators prospective..the following will address the rehabiltation perspective. if mr. sealey can say that after 0ver 20 years he and or any of his staff has not been able to get through to a client,there is something wrong with their approach,maybe they should try less brutality and more the twelve steps of recovery you select a sponsor who you become willing to share everything with,in short you will share everything with someone,but not everything with every one.if mr. sealey request is taken seriously,would it be safe to say that this man is not fit to live in barbados,but fit to live elsewhere. there may be many labels to put to that scenario,and i will leave it up to the reader to do such.. i would like to share a story i ready in one of barbados newspapers sometime ago.a young man early in his recovery was visiting barbados,and wanted to know where he could find a meeting.he called the police,who asked him if he knew who had the dope? when he explained himself,the the police rudely responded and ended the conversation.. that is how addiction is viewed in barbados, as a crime,when its actually a disease

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Posted by wayne husbands 2 years, 1 month ago
that young man was filled with mixed emotions,that young man has been freed from the obsession to use,but knew that the price of that freedom was tied into the statement that"the therapeutic value of one addict to another is without parallel.that young man was scared as hell to return to his old nieghbourhood and be faced with people,places and things,the same people he got high with. the same places he used,and the things he used to get high. as his counsellor .i assured him that1. he has a GOD of his understanding who will do for him what he could not do for himself,i told him to make a meeting and share with those who were walking the same road he was, i told him it was not about sounding good but feeling good.this young man found a place in black rock that held meetings everyday. and he attended them everyday..he made it back to the states without using... just for today he is clean and sober for 23 years... and not one time was he asked anything about his supplier... mr. sealey.dont tarnish the message by virtue of the messenger

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Posted by CARL HUSBANDS 2 years, 1 month ago
After reading this article, I am reminded of one Sunday morning when my sisters, cousins and I were coming home from church and my cousin and I mis-behaved in the road. My sister, the eldest of us, intervened and made us stop. However, by the time we reached home, my aunt ( my mother was deceased) had gotten word about our behavior and proceeded to not only beat my cousin and me for our misbehavior but also my sister for being "the oldest and not preventing the bad behavior of the younger ones". I can still see my sister being beat but not flinching or moving but just accepting the beating. My aunt perceived this as defiance. Sometimes punishment is more about breaking a person's spirit and will than it is about having them repay their debt to society.

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Posted by Olutoye WALROND 2 years, 1 month ago
I am trying to understand what Mr. Sealy is really saying here. Is he telling us that Garcia is not good enough for Barbados but he doesn't mind him being dumped on another country? Is Mr. Sealy saying that all of the other Barbadians who've been caught with drugs, jailed and released still pose a danger to our society that our security people can't deal with? And if that is so, why single out Garcia. The long and short of it is that if no country is willing to accept him Garcia will remain in Barbados, and the government cannot keep him confined forever.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 1 month ago
Mr Sealy's comments are in contradiction to those of another person who had blogged much earlier. Part of that blog referred to him excelling at Art (a form of rehab). We also heard from a former inmate in the last few days. I don't know why a retired Sealy would want to jump in the fray this way. If perchance he encountered difficulties with Garcia, that could have been for a number of reasons, one of which could have been his (Sealy's) own personality. Surely Mr Sealy would have counselled many a drug mule/trafficker who have refused to divulge their source. That kind of intelligence is for the Police, anyway, hardly the Counsellor. Some of us must not be so quick to jump the gun for brownie points. I like your blog Carl Husbands, and I am totally in agreement with Nora Regis. Garcia has paid his dues.

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Posted by Kenneth King 2 years, 1 month ago
You know some people that had nothing to do with this case and here is a man that worked for 20 yrs, trying to rehabilitate Mr.Garcia who as he said had no interest in doing. Now we questioned his credibility on dealing in this field for so many years and insult his contribution to society by working with such persons. It seems that we have become so ignorant to our judgments of what is required of our laws when other countries refuse their own. Is it that simple to let a former Drug lord roam the streets of Barbados who we do not know of his background only what he has given to us; then a I read on one comment if Barbadians who commit crimes outside changes, I will say not all of them. They are sent home some of them and become a problem to our society because that was the only trade they know. Some are so professional you only realize the damage only to late. How many do we know are asked to speak at some of the schools around the country helping those who might be considering such an easy way out instead of becoming an active citizen making a difference as to the negative break down of values due to maybe a lack of love at home, or just maybe no interest in becoming somebody. Our own when caught in the arms of the Law do their time and are sent home, as due to the laws of that country and now we are asking Barbados to be different. I agree he should be a free man but not here because of the crime he committed we the paying tax payers of this country also have a right to refuse such persons who seek to hurt our young and corrupt the minds of others; we are human as he will not starve or be mistreated. American does not want him on their land, Cuba his native country will not accept him what business do we have adopting someone who tried to hurt our young.

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Posted by Summer Rheigs 2 years, 1 month ago
Have any of you really stopped to think or research WHY THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA DON’T WANT GARCIA BACK ON THEIR SOIL? For those of you who don’t know or don’t remember, in 2000 Cuba fought a bitter battle with the United States to regain custody of a young Cuban boy, Elián González. Elian was found by two fishermen on an inner tube floating, after the small boat engine failed, when he and his mothers was trying to smuggle into the United States. Elian’s father, Juan González, along with other relatives in Miami wanted Elian to stay in United States with them, but Cuba wanted him back so they fought the United States to get him back. Garcia is theirs also so why don’t they want him back? Things became so bad that FEDERAL AGENTS WENT IN AND TOOK ELAIN FROM HIS MIAMI RELATIVES AT GUNPOINT and took him back to the CUBA. Today, Elian is a young STAR in Cuba. Garcia will never be a star, he is a ________, fill in the blank how ever you all see fit. I know one word that will not be there is STAR!! Why should Barbados have to put up with him? Think people THINKKKKKKKK

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Posted by David Hall 2 years, 1 month ago
I believe that both sides in the Garcia debate have valid arguments but provided that Mr. Sealy's statements are true, and that up to now no remorse has been shown nor the extent of Mr. Gracias contact revealed I prefer to err on the side of caution until I can find a third country willing to take him Even in saying this however, though I find Mr. Garcia sentence for drug trafficking appropriate I am baffled when it is compared with the length of time people today serve for murder. Maybe such sentences generally need to be harsh as well.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 1 month ago
@ SUMMER RHEIGS, your facts are off. The circumstances involving little Elian Gonzales was a matter of custody. His father wanted custody and his rights to custody preceded those of all other relatives. It just happened that his father was a Cuban native and citizen (who wanted to remain in Cuba) whilst his US based relatives felt they could offer him a better life. The child had no say in his mother's decision to flee with him, and the right decision was made to return him to his father.
@KENNETH kING: Garcia served 20 years at HMP. Mr sealy was employed there for 10 years, retiring in May. I take that to mean that Sealy arrived midway into Garcia's sentence or thereabout. Garcia was in contact with another counsellor for those twenty years and still wants to be in contact with that counsellor. No further comment.

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Posted by nesta marley 2 years, 1 month ago
@summer, the reason why federal agents stormed the house and took the boy was that he was rescued at sea,,had he landed on united states soil. he wouldv'e been allowed to stay...thats the law, the same law that states if a prisoner has served his time he is entitled to be free. garcia is not being held as a prisoner, he is being held as a detainee, and under that farce..he remains in custody

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Posted by Nora Regis 2 years, 1 month ago
Cephus Sealey Garcia refused to take your snake oil medicine and rightfully so!

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