[www.inewsguyana.com] – Barry Dataram, his wife and two others charged with trafficking over 129 kg of cocaine was refused bail by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Monday, April 20.
Barry Dataram, a businessman, his common – law wife, 19 – year – old Anjanie Budnarine, Carpenter Trevor Gouveia of Bess Village and Labourer Komal Charran, 20, of Lot 265 Bell West, all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
It is alleged that on Thursday, April 16 at Lot 661 Fourth Avenue Block X Diamond, East Bank Demerara, they had in their possession 129.230 kilogrammes of cocaine, for the purpose of trafficking.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Stephen Telford told the Court that Dataram and Budnarine shared a common law relationship and reside at the address mentioned in the charge.
Telford noted that Dataram is Guyanese by birth but obtained US citizenship, while Gouveia and Charran are friends of Dataram. The Court heard that on the day in question, ranks from the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) raided the home where all four defendants were found with the illegal drug.
Attorney – at – Law, Glenn Hanoman stated that the address of Dataram and Budnarine are disputed, since Dataram resides at Vriesland, just beyond Patentia village on West Bank of Demerara. He added that Budnarine lives at Lot 79 Patentia Housing Scheme, which is the neighboring village to Dataram.
The Defence counsel said the house which CANU alleged the drug was found is accessible to multiple persons. Hanoman said Budnarine was with her 11 month old son at the time of the arrest, since she took her child to see his father.
He argued that Dataram has passed through the Courts before and suffered a lot by the prosecution, who are trying secure a conviction for him.
The lawyer requested bail for Budnarine, stating that she has no relatives to take care of the child she is still breastfeeding.
Bail was denied and the matter was adjourned to May 07.