Miner to spend 2 years in jail for cannabis in long boots

A 54-year-old miner who was caught with a quantity of cannabis inside two pairs of boots will now be spending the next two years in jail.
Abel Simon, of lot 7 Cotton Field, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), appeared before Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was arraigned for trafficking in narcotics.
It is alleged that on Wednesday, November 4, 2019, Simon was travelling in motor vehicle GEE 1130 with several other occupants when it was stopped at the Number 70 Police Outpost and a search was conducted.
It was at that time, the Police discovered a number of cannabis leaves and stems concealed in two pairs of Simon’s long boots.
The illicit substances, which were weighed in his presence and amounted to 488 grams, had been wrapped with black plastic bags.
He was immediately escorted to the Bartica Police Station, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) where he was kept in Police custody until his court hearing on Thursday.
Simon, when told of the charge laid against him in the Court, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.