Apr 02, 2010 News
Three Jamaican nationals and a Guyanese were all remanded to prison when they appeared before Magistrate Hazel Octive Hamilton, at the Georgetown Magistrates Court.
Gerald Prowell, 43, of Lot 106 ‘C’ Field Sophia who was the lone Guyanese and Jamaican nationals Marlon Browne, 27, Jeffrey Edwards,45, and Delroy Johnson, 43, are accused of having in their possession 959 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking in narcotics.
They all pleaded not guilty to the charge and were represented by attorneys at law Adrian Thompson and Sasha Roberts.
Thompson, who addressed the court, accused members of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) of being unprofessional. The lawyer explained to the court that all of the defendants were absent when the search was carried out by the ranks.
Thompson noted that Prowell was at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, collecting his daughter when the search was done. He also noted that nine persons were initially arrested for the same allegation, but his clients were the unfortunate ones.
“Your worship the police arrested nine persons and only charged my clients” Thompson said.
He said that he was instructed that one of the policemen went into the premises and within minutes he shouted to his colleagues’ that he had found the illegal substance.
Thompson further argued that police rushed to place his clients before the courts, even though it is evident that they needed to do more investigations.
Special Prosecutor Oswald Massiah objected to bail for the four defendants. In his address to the court, Massiah stated that Prowell rented the house that the defendants were staying at.
Massiah said that all the defendants were present when the search was conducted. The prosecutor further told the court that after the Jamaicans were arrested they told the police that they had come to Guyana for a sporting event. The prosecutor disclosed that the Jamaicans all failed to attend the event.
He said that the cannabis was found in a bedroom in the house. Massiah further stated that all the passports belonging to the Jamaicans were found in the house.
Thompson interjected and told the court that his clients vehemently deny the allegations raised by the prosecutor. The lawyer opined that the ranks that made the arrests should be subjected to a lie detector test, because the charges were “trumped up”.
The magistrate nevertheless remanded the defendants and they are expected to make another court appearance on April 20.
Also appearing before the same magistrate was Ivan Morallas Castillo, a Spanish national. He is accused of trying to export 1.954 kilos of cocaine on March 31 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Castillo was represented by attorney at law Peter Hugh. The lawyer did not make a bail application, he simply stated that he was not going to waste the court’s time, and all he wanted is an early date for trial.
The magistrate remanded Castillo, who is expected to make another court appearance on April 6. The matter was transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court.
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