Bartica woman fined for drug possession

A Bartica woman was fined ,000 and sentenced to two months of community service by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when she appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday charged with drug possession.

Thirty-five-year-old Samantha Singh pleaded guilty to the charge which stated that on May 26, 2016, at Bartica, she had three grams of cannabis in her possession.

Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the Court that on the day in question about 01:30h, Singh was escorted to the Bartica Police Station in relation to another matter under investigation. A search was conducted on her and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were found in her bosom by Police Constables.

The woman was told of the offence and the illegal substance was then weighed in her presence.

Further investigations were carried out and she was charged for the offence.

Singh, who pleaded guilty to the offence, admitted to being a user of marijuana.

She apologised for her actions and begged the Magistrate for leniency.

Magistrate Ann McLennan in imposing the punishment made it clear to Singh that if she failed to pay her fine and complete the community service, she would spend the next three months in jail.