A businesswoman, who is claiming that she had sex with two police constables in exchange for her freedom after she was arrested for drug trafficking, was yesterday arrainged before a Magistrate.
The woman 38-year-old Shanaz Mohamed, a mother of four of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, pleaded not guilty to charges which alleged that she trafficked narcotics, escaped from police custody and engaged in the sale of alcohol without being licensed.
It is alleged that on May 6, at Soesdyke, she had 487 grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana) in her possession for trafficking.
It is further alleged that on the same day, while in custody at the Timehri Police Station Enquiries Offices, she escaped. Further, it is alleged that on the same day at her residence, she sold or offered for sale, alcohol while not being licensed to sell alcohol.
Kaieteur News understands that Mohamed who had been under surveillance of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU), and the police was arrested on May 6, after she was allegedly found with the marijuana and a quantity of alcoholic beverages that she was unlicensed to sell.
The illegal items, according to the police, were found hidden behind a fridge.
As a result, she was arrested and taken to the Timehri Police Station where she was kept in handcuffs, while arrangements were being made for her to be transported to the East La Penitence Police Station, where female prisoners are usually kept.
However, because of vehicle shortage, the alleged drug trafficker remained at the Timehri Police Station until May 8, when she was scheduled to appear before a court. It was during the early morning hours that she escaped.
She was captured on Sunday, a short distance away from her home when she alleged that two police constables attached to the station let her go in exchange for sex.
During a petition for bail, Attorney-at-law Stanley Moore told the court that his client did not escape from the station, but was allowed to leave. The lawyer told Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus that the house in which the narcotics were found is occupied by several persons.
Nevertheless, Mohamed was remanded to prison on the drug trafficking charge.
As it relates to the charge, which alleged that she was unlicensed to sell alcohol, the woman was granted $70,000 bail. She was further granted bail to the tune of $100,000 for allegedly escaping from the police station.
Mohamed will make her next court appearance on June 19, when she will appear in the Providence Magistrates’ Courts to collect statements.
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