3 years jail for miner caught with marijuana; charge dismissed against Granny

Minelva Devonshire. [iNews' Photo]

Telbert Devonshire. [iNews' Photo]
Telbert Devonshire. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A mother and her son appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, charged with drug trafficking offences.

Sixty – nine – year old Minelva Devonshire and Telbert Devonshire both of Lot 13 Hibiscus Housing Scheme, Blankenburg, are accused of having in their possession 115 grammes of marijuana at their home on June 9.

Mineliva pleaded not guilty to the charge while her son pleaded guilty. Telbert, a Miner, was also charged with the possession of 524 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, to which he pleaded guilty.

The duo was represented by Attorney-at-law, Charles Ramson Jr, who told the Court that Telbert has no pending matter and did not waste the court’s time. The Miner was then sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined $30,000 for each charge.

Minelva Devonshire. [iNews' Photo]
Minelva Devonshire. [iNews’ Photo]
Meanwhile, the charge against Mineliva was withdrawn by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Prosecutor Bharrat Mangru told the court that based on instructions, the Prosecution will not be giving any evidence against the elderly woman.

iNews had earlier reported that police swooped down at the house and caught the pensioner attempting to hide the marijuana, while her son escaped through a window, discarding the illegal substance in the process.

Telbert was subsequently apprehended and accepted ownership of the drugs, informing the police that he is responsible for selling the marijuana and not his mother.



  1. you mean to tell me you all sent a man to jail for 545 grams of marijuana for three years imprisonment and let a man free after he shout his friend in his head………….come on PEOPLE WHAT ARE WE DOING

  2. These people got jail for hurbs, I will agree i do not support amy drugs, but a well known bum walk free for murder!!! What signal is the system showing us.something is very wrong with the judiciary, the police,the DPP all need examining,

  3. Stop jailing people for marijuana! Fine them and confiscate their stuff, but stop putting people in jail for marijuana. Marijuana is a tree and no man ever created or made a tree. Alcohol and cigarettes do more damage to people and society than marijuana, yet both are legal.


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