A prison officer, who was allegedly caught with cannabis in a bag at the Camp Street Prison, Georgetown, was remanded to prison on Wednesday when he made his first court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Cleon Webster, 22, of Lot 2 Golden Grove, West Coast Berbice, denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Faith McGusty.
The charge stated that on June 14, 2019, at Camp Street Prison, he had 120 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Webster was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay, who told the court in his bail application that his client is cooperating with investigators into the matter. The lawyer further stated that his client is not a flight risk.
Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty it attracts.
Prosecutor Blackman further disclosed to the court that on the day in question, Webster was entering the prison to report for duty when he was stopped and searched. The prosecution is contending that it was during that search that the cannabis was discovered in the bag that he was carrying. The court also heard that the defendant told the officers who carried out the search that the bag belongs to his sister.
After listening to the submissions, Magistrate McGusty remanded Webster to prison. The case will continue on July 10, 2019.