Two persons, who were allegedly busted with a total of 80 grams of marijuana at the Sherima Police
Station, were both remanded to prison after they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to narcotics charges.
Rushelle Azore, 31, of Lot 288 Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, and Stephen Banwarie, 21, of Triumph, East Coast Demerara denied having 17 grams and 63 grams of marijuana respectively, in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Azore was busted with the narcotics on September 7; Banwarie was caught the following day.
Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore disclosed that the marijuana was found in Banwarie’s pants crotch.
He said that on the day in question, Banwarie showed the narcotics to another man whom he inquired if he smokes. According to Moore, the defendant took out the marijuana and began smoking and upon approaching the Sherima Police Check Point, he borrowed tape from a woman to conceal the item.
Prosecutor Moore disclosed that Banwarie admitted ownership of the drug in a caution statement.
However, Attorney-at-Law Tiffany Jeffery told the court that the drug was not found in her client’s possession, but rather in the tray of a truck which had eleven other occupants.
Jeffery contended that her client is barely literate.
In relation to Azore who works in the interior as a cook, Prosecutor Moore said that the marijuana was found in a suitcase the woman was carrying. Further, the prosecutor opposed to bail for the duo citing that no special reasons were provided to the court.
Both matters have been transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court for September 28.
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