Ganja smuggled into Camp Street Prison…No criminal charges for female warders
The two female prison warders who were implicated in a ganja smuggling racket have avoided becoming members of the prison population, courtesy of recommendations by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
An official said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) recommended that the warders should not be charged, but that they should be disciplined departmentally. The ranks were released from custody yesterday. Police identified the ranks as a 36-year-old corporal and 28-year-old recruit.
It is alleged that on Thursday, a woman at the gate handed over a bag containing 125 grammes of marijuana to the recruit, who then placed the bag containing the drug in an office.
The female corporal, who was in charge of the night shift, reportedly found the bag and took possession of it without informing her superiors.
The rank and another female who is a corporal were taken into custody on Thursday after the bag containing some 125 grammes of marijuana was found in an office within the prison. The bag was handed over to an official at the prison. The corporal was in charge of the night shift.
However, the inmate who was to have collected the drugs learned that warders had his stash and began to issue death threats to the ranks.
It was then that the corporal handed the bag over to a senior rank.
Both women were then taken into custody.
Kaieteur News understands that while the junior rank admitted to collecting the bag containing the drugs, she denied collecting any money to deliver the bag.
Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee had described the incident as “disgraceful, unacceptable and unlawful,” while speaking to journalists on Saturday.
He said that evidence that was provided to him suggested that the ranks “indeed were caught; that they were found in possession of marijuana with the intention of providing this to some prisoners.”