Alexander Village woman remanded for ganja trafficking

A woman of Alexander Village, Georgetown who was allegedly caught with 477 grams of cannabis appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday and denied possession of the drugs.
Natasha John, 43, of Lot 131 Third Street, Alexander Village, denied that on April 9 she had in her possession 477 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
Her defence attorney George Thomas, in a bail application, told the court that his client lives with seven other family members at the Third Street, Alexander Village house, and four other occupants were at home when the narcotics were discovered in a general area of the home. He also stated that his client maintained her innocence during the investigation.
But Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield, objecting to the defendant being placed on bail, told the court that ranks from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Narcotics Branch had gone to the house and the defendant was the lone occupant at the time. The prosecutor said a search was conducted in her presence, and the narcotics were found in a cupboard in the upper flat of the building.
According to the prosecutor, upon being questioned, John allegedly informed the cops that she had purchased the cannabis for her son-in-law, and had hidden it in the cupboard unknowingly to others.
The prosecutor said the woman was arrested and taken to the CID headquarters, where she gave a statement admitting ownership of the narcotics, and was charged.
John was remanded to prison, and the case will continue on April 30.