Wakenaam farmer remanded for narcotics trafficking

A cash crop farmer from “Beturf”, Wakenaam, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), was on Wednesday remanded to prison for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.
Rishi Ramnarine, 40, made his first appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.
Police alleged that on May 1, 2016, Ramnarine was discovered with 25 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession during a search exercise.
The defendant’s Attorney, Latchmi Dindyal told the Court that the illicit substance was not found on her client and pleaded for bail to be granted since Ramnarine had a permanent place of abode.
Police Prosecutor Rambhague objected to bail, stating that no special reason was given. According to the prosecution, Police carried out a search on the defendant and the drug was found in his right front pants pocket. He was arrested and when questioned, he admitted that he usually smoked the cannabis.
Magistrate Scarce remanded Ramnarine until May 25, 2016.