An arrest warrant has been issued for alleged drug lord Barry Dataram and his reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, by Magistrate Judy Latchman after they failed to make an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Magistrate Latchman sounded a warning to the two other co-accused – Kevin Charran and Trevor Gouveia – who were present at Tuesday’s hearing and who are to return to court on Friday, September 23. The Magistrate cautioned that if they failed to return to court, arrest warrants will also be issued and that she will not recall the case.
The four are facing trial for allegedly being in possession of 129.230 kilograms (284 pounds) of cocaine. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit reported that the narcotic was found on April 16, 2015, at Dataram’s house, located at 661 Silver Dam, Fourth Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
Defence Lawyer Glenn Hanoman explained to the court that he had spoken with Dataram and Boodnarine a few minutes before court was in session and they were only a few minutes away. He added that when he tried contacting the duo again, he was unsuccessful.
Hanoman pointed out that Dataram and Boodnarine have a good record of attendance, and he was unsure if an emergency might have prevented them from making an appearance on Tuesday.
A total of 692 parcels of cocaine, a multicoloured box that contained utensils and a white refrigerator have already been admitted into evidence.
The foursome pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Lot 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X, Diamond, EBD, they had in their possession 129.230 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.