Oct 20, 2015 News Comments Off on Five remanded after Essequibo drug bust
Five persons who are said to be a part of a local drug ring were yesterday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, after the police allegedly busted them with over three kilos of cocaine and a large sum of local and foreign currency in a house on the Essequibo Coast.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan were Gordon Williams, 52, of Lot 25 Sea Street, Lima Essequibo Coast; Marlon Scott, 28, of 503 Respect Street, Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast; Dennis Mohabir, 50, of Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown; Damyone George, 34, a taxi driver, of 875 Second Phase Sand Pitt, Onderneeming, and Lorna Scott, 49, of 25 Section C, Lima Essequibo Coast.
It is alleged that on October 17, last, at Perseverance, Essequibo Coast, they had 3.84 kilograms of cocaine in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Further, it was alleged that on the same day, at Perseverance, Essequibo Coast, Williams had 23 grammes of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking. And it was alleged that on October 17, at the same location, Marlon Scott had 30.5 grammes of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking. The defendants each pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones told the court that on the day in question, around 16:30hrs, acting on information, narcotics ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted surveillance of a house at Lot 12 Perseverance, Essequibo Coast.
The ranks after gathering enough information, proceeded to the premises where they conducted a search in the presence of the defendants, who were found sitting inside.
The cocaine was found on a coffee table along with US$4010 and $258,800 in local currency.
Jones said that the police took possession of the cocaine and money and made further checks in the home. The ranks searched a bedroom occupied by Lorna Scott and Willams, where they found 23 grammes of cannabis under a pillow. Another 30.5 grammes of cannabis was found in Marlon Scott’s possession.
The defendants were all shown the drugs found, told of the offences committed, arrested and cautioned. Prosecutor Jones said that Williams told the police that he was caught with his pants down and offered them a bribe.
Attorney Glenn Hanoman made a bail application on behalf of Williams. The lawyer argued that when the alleged narcotic was found his client was in bed recovering from a broken ankle.
Hanoman added that the five persons were all in the building when the alleged narcotic was unearthed. He pointed out that the building is occupied by several persons, while highlighting this as a special reason for Williams to be granted bail.
In addition, the Attorney attested that his client never provided the police with a confession statement.
Attorney, Mark Waldron represented Lorna Scott. During Waldron’s bail application he told the court that his client had been denying any knowledge in the matters from the time she was arrested. The lawyer explained that on the day in question, his client was stopped by the police and searched. Waldron pointed out that nothing was found in her possession.
Additionally, Waldron noted that the defendant is a reputable businesswoman in her community.
Both Attorneys argued that their clients were not flight risks and assured the court that they will attend all court hearings to prove their innocence.
The other defendants had no legal representation.
However, the Prosecutor objected to bail after underlining that no special reasons were presented by the Attorneys to satisfy the court. This objection was upheld by the Magistrate, who subsequently remanded the defendant to prison until October 29.
This matter was transferred to the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.
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