A man who was nabbed with a large quantity of drugs and subsequently implicated his boss and wife has
been jailed. The two other persons, who were subsequently nabbed in a police sting operation, were subsequently freed due to technicalities.
The man, 33-year-old Pooran Persaud called ‘Andy’, a taxi driver of Rosignol, West Bank Berbice, was yesterday sentenced to five years in jail and fined a total of $61M after he was found guilty on a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
Pooran was initially charged with 32-year-old Pooran Ramoo called Anand, a fisherman, of Cotton Tree and 24-year-old Liano Ramsundar of Bath, West Coast Berbice. They were charged with being in possession of 41kg 945 grams of cannabis sativa for the purpose of trafficking.
The man was granted a full trial and the state’s case was presented by Inspector Grace Bristol, Sergeant Althea Solomon and Corporal Racquel Mars.
According to information, about 19:25h on Monday 26th January 2015 the police were on patrol on the West Coast Berbice Public Road when in the vicinity of the No. 9 village they received information that a white Toyota AT192 motor car was transporting drugs.
The police were on the lookout when in the vicinity of Bath Village they noticed the vehicle. Upon seeing the cops the vehicle turned through a street and a chase began. The vehicle was eventually cornered. The driver was alone and upon checking the cops noticed three multi-coloured plastic bags in the vehicle. The contents were further wrapped in transparent plastic bags. Further checks revealed what appeared to be leaves, seeds and stem of the marijuana plant inside.
The driver, Pooran Persaud, was questioned and informed the cops that he was given the drugs by Ramoo.
Arrangements were made for Pooran to call Ramoo. Pooran informed Ramoo that he had been held by the Police with the drugs. Ramoo then called the police and found out what could happen. Arrangements were made for a sum of money to be paid over for the release of his “soldier” Persaud. The sum of $800,000 was agreed upon as the deal to release Persaud. Ramoo agreed to meet with a Constable and a Sergeant at a Drying Floor at Fort Wellington at a certain time to do the transaction.
The fisherman and a female arrived and attempted to bribe the cops with the money.
They were immediately arrested and taken into custody. The woman had in her possession $700,000 in local currency while the fisherman had US$900.
The police questioned the duo and learnt that they lived together. The police visited their home where they found a further 255 grams of marijuana wrapped in a transparent plastic bag under a chair cushion. A scale used to weigh marijuana was also found. They were subsequently freed.
The total seizure had amounted to 41 kilograms 945 grams of cannabis sativa.
The trio was represented by attorney at law Mursalene Bacchus who had submitted no case submission on their behalf.
Persaud had given a no case submission from the docks in which he denied having any knowledge of the drugs.
He was subsequently found guilty by the magistrate and sentenced to five years in jail and fined $61M.
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