Self confessed drug lord, wife charged with illegal possession of firearm

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Convicted drug lord Barry Dataram and his reputed wife Anjanie Boodnarine were again before the courts, on Tuesday morning, this time charged with illegal possession of a firearm.

Barry Dataram
Barry Dataram

They were escorted to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts under heavy Police guard as they made an appearance before Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer the joint charge.

Both Dataram and Boodnarine pleaded not guilty to the charge; however, since the duo had another pending drug charge, the matter was deferred to another date.

It is alleged that on April 16, 2015, at Diamond Housing Scheme, they had in their possession 180 .223 rounds of live ammunition without being holders of a firearm licence.

Anjanie Boodnarine
Anjanie Boodnarine

Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford-Thompson, made an application for a date for the commencement of the trial, which was granted.

Meanwhile, Dataram is currently serving an eight-year sentence for four different charges. These charges include cocaine trafficking, forgery, attempting to evade penalty and departing Guyana without the consent of an immigration officer.

Both Dataram and Boodnarine fled the country before sentencing was handed down on the cocaine matter, leading to the other charges.

Boodnarine, of Lot 79 Patentia, West Bank Demerara, remains on remand for the charges of forgery and departing Guyana without the consent of an immigration officer.

The two will return to court on November 25, 2016. (Guyana Times)

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