A 23-year-old Coomaka Berbice River resident, George Denhart, was on Monday sentenced to four years in jail and fined a total of $1,1M by Magistrate Krisendat Persaud when he appeared before him at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court and pleaded guilty to being in possession of 1kg and 50 grams of marijuana.
Prosecutor Corporal Roberto Figueira told the court that early yesterday around 5.00 hrs, a mobile police patrol was doing its rounds when in the vicinity of the New Amsterdam Market on Strand Street, New Amsterdam. Denhart who was carrying a haversack on his back, was seen acting in a suspicious manner.
He was stopped and searched and in the black haversack four taped concealed parcels were found.
The parcels were opened and leaves, seeds and stems of what was suspected to be marijuana were found inside.
He was arrested and taken to the Central Police Station and the contents were weighed.
He was taken to court on the same day and pleaded guilty. The Magistrate then imposed the custodial sentence and ordered that he pays three times the street value of the drug. He will have to serve a further 18 months in jail if he fails to pay the fine.
And Yougeshwar Jugnandhan, 29, called ‘Navin’, a mason of Workshop Street, New Area, Canefield, East Canje Berbice who was found with one gram of Cocaine was jailed for three years and fined $10,000.
Failure to pay the fine would result in an additional three months’ imprisonment. Magistrate Krisendat Persaud imposed the sentence on Jugnandhan when the man appeared before him at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of narcotics.
Prosecutor Corporal Roberto Figueira told the court that on Sunday around 23:30 hrs the police was on Mobile Patrol in the Canefield East Canje area when they noticed Jugnandhan pushing a bike on the road.
He was stopped and questioned about his reasons for being on the road at that hour of the night and responded that he had gone to buy cigarettes, however he could not produce the cigarettes.
The police then conducted a search on his person and in his right side front pants pocket they found a hard whitish rocklike substance.
He was arrested and taken to the Reliance Police station where the substance was confirmed to be one gram of Cocaine. He was later charged.
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