Surinamese arraigned with possession of 103 ecstasy pills

A national of neighbouring Suriname was on Friday arraigned for allegedly having a quantity of ecstasy pills in his possession when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Donovan Saimon denied the allegation after it was read to him. The police stated that on March 18, 2019, at the Canawaima Ferry Crossing, he had 103 ecstasy pills amounting to 32 grams, in his possession.
Prosecutor for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Narissa Leander informed the court that on the day in question, ranks of the agency acting on information went to the Canawaima Ferry Crossing, where the defendant was intercepted in a vehicle.
A search unearthed the illegal drugs in the glove compartment of the motor vehicle. The pills were wrapped in a piece of cloth.
Saimon was arrested and escorted to CANU headquarters where the drugs were weighed and amounted to the aforementioned figure.
Saimon, under caution, later admitted to ownership of the drugs and told ranks that it was for his personal use.
Prosecutor Leander objected to bail being granted based on the prevalence of such offences and due to the fact that the defendant is not a Guyanese and poses a flight risk.
Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Saimon to prison. The matter was transferred to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court for April 8, 2019.