[www.inewsguyana.com] – An Albouystown resident was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry after he was allegedly caught with cocaine by police in Lethem on Monday, June 15.
Andre Douglas, 42, of Lot 56 James Street, Albouystown pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on June 15 at Tabitinga, Central Rupununi, he had in his possession 19 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
His Lawyer, Jerome Khan told the Court that his client is a father of two and is employed at the Georgetown Abattoir. Khan noted that Douglas ventured to Lethem to do some renovation on his property in the area.
The Attorney argued that his client has no knowledge of the drug in the house and that the case is based on multiple occupancy of the house. Khan revealed to the court that four individuals were also arrested in connection with the incident but were later released.
The Lawyer alleged that the police decided to charge his client because he had a confrontation with a police rank. Police Prosecutor, Bharat Mangru explained to the court that about 16:00 hrs on the day in question, the police acting on information received, visited the house where they observed the defendant running away.
Mangru noted that the drug was found concealed in the toilet area. Bail was refused and Doulas was remanded until September 07 and will reappear at the Lethem Magistrate’s Court.