4 years jail for Nigerian National busted with cocaine in Sophia

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Emeka Solomon
Emeka Solomon

[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Nigerian national has been jailed for four years on a drug trafficking charges by Magistrate Ann McLennan.

Thirty-two-year-old Emeka Solomon, of Lot 141 ‘E’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated that on September 09 at ‘E’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, he had in his in possession of 91.5 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He also admitted that between September 9 and September 15 at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), he excreted 245.6 grammes of cocaine, also for the purpose of trafficking.

Police Prosecutor, Corporal Deniro Jones told the court that the defendant is a Nigerian national, who is on vacation in Guyana and on the day in question, Police ranks acting on information received visited the residence where they conducted a search.

They found a ziploc plastic bag containing six pellets of what was suspected to be cocaine behind the kitchen sink; he was shown the said substance and admitted to possession of the drugs.

He was then taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters where the drugs were weighed in his presence. The court heard that he was then taken to the GPHC where he was subjected to an X-Ray, which revealed that he had a foreign object in his stomach.

Over the course of a week, he excreted 16 pellets of cocaine. The Nigerina national said that he has been unemployed and struggling to survive, when he met a man, who gave him $3000 and promised to introduce him to his boss, who would give him a job.

He related that he subsequently met the ‘boss’ who asked him if he ever swallowed pellets before for the purpose of trafficking. Representing the convict was Attorney-at-law, Motie Singh, who begged for leniency.

The Magistrate then fined the defendant on both charges and he was sentenced to four years imprisonment on each charge which will run concurrently.

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