Joiner remanded for ganja shipped in peanut butter jar
A 35-year-old joiner was nabbed Wednesday when he allegedly attempted to ship 102 grammes of cannabis to the interior via the Ogle Airport.
Rawle Blackman appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry and was remanded to jail after pleading guilty to the offence.
The court heard that on October 17 at the Ogle Airport, Blackman attempted to smuggle the drugs to the Imbaimadai Landing, located in Region Seven.
According to Oswald Massiah, prosecutor for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Blackman presented himself at the airport with a box containing food items including a bottle of peanut butter. He said a name was attached to the box reading “Roy Otto” and the defendant alleged that it was his name.
Massiah said a search of the parcel was conducted by CANU ranks and the illicit substance was discovered in a peanut butter jar. The prosecutor said that the defendant defended himself by saying a “Muslim brethren” had given him the box to post to the interior.
Massiah said prior to that, the defendant had given the ranks an address and took them to the location. He however said that when the officers reached the location there was no step leading to the upstairs of the house and it appeared to be abandoned, “…as if no one had lived there for years.”
As a result, the defendant was arrested and charged with the offence of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Massiah also objected to bail for the accused, who gave his address as South Ruimveldt. The prosecutor indicated that CANU had not received any fixed place of abode and thus was rejecting any application put forward by the defendant.
The court granted the request and Blackman will appear at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on October 23.