Taxi driver charged with possession of 73lbs ganja

Charged: Noel Tobin

A 28-year-old taxi driver who was busted with 73 pounds of ganja in his apartment in Bartica last week was on Monday charged and remanded to prison.
Noel Tobin appeared before Magistrate Lambert at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court where the charge was read to him to which he pleaded not guilty.
As such, he was remanded to prison and the matter was adjourned to March 18, 2024.
It was reported that on Wednesday at about 22:00h, a group of ranks from the Bartica Police Station went to the home of the 28-year-old taxi driver and conducted a search at his apartment.

The ganja that was found in Tobin’s apartment

During the search, the officers found one suitcase containing 20 brown and red scotch-taped parcels, one multi-coloured shopping bag containing 16 parcels wrapped in transparent plastic; one multi-coloured shopping bag containing five parcels wrapped in brown scotch tape, and two parcels wrapped in transparent plastic.
“All the parcels, when opened, contained leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis (marijuana),” the Police said.
However, at the time of the discovery, Tobin was not at home. The ranks subsequently went to a house at Karabese Hill, Bartica, where the taxi driver was contacted and told of the offence committed and cautioned.
The Police said Tobin admitted to having the narcotics in his possession. He told the officers that about two days ago, he received the marijuana from a “brethren” to keep. The man was arrested and escorted along with the narcotics to Bartica Police Station, where he was placed in custody.
The narcotic was then weighed in his presence and amounted to 33,470 grams (33.47 kilograms).