A 29-year-old fish vendor who resides in Paramaribo, Suriname was on Wednesday remanded to prison for allegedly trafficking narcotics.
Daryck Christopher pleaded not guilty to two charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It is alleged that on April 3, 2021, at Rosemary Lane, Tiger Bay, Georgetown, he had 10 grams of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking. It was further alleged that on the same day at the same location, he had 140 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.
His Attorney, Darren Wade, in a bail application, told the court that his client was visiting his father when the Police arrested him. Wade claimed that his client was arrested without being properly questioned.
The Police Prosecutor objected to Christopher being released on bail, citing that no special circumstances as required by the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act were put forward by his lawyer. The Prosecutor also told the court that the defendant has not provided the Police with a fixed home address.
According to the facts presented by the Police Prosecutor, on the day in question, Police ranks went to an apartment in Tiger Bay, Georgetown, where they found Christopher sitting on a bed holding a bag containing a quantity of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis sativa and a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine. The Prosecutor said that the man was told of the offence and arrested.
After listening to submissions made by the defence and prosecution, the Chief Magistrate remanded the alleged drug trafficker to prison until April 21, 2021.
Meanwhile, in another case, 47-year-old Nicola Clarke was released on $15,000 bail after denying a ganja trafficking charge. The plantain chip vendor, who resides at Lot 57 Houston Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is accused of having 51 grams of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking on April 3.
She, too, appeared before Chief Magistrate McLennan. In this case, the Police Prosecutor said that when Police ranks discovered the illegal drug under Clarke’s bed, she was the only person at home during the search. The female defendant will make another court appearance on May 12 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. (G1)