Businessman allegedly busted with cocaine, marijuana remanded

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Paul Campbell

[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 43-year-old businessman was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, after the police allegedly busted him with cocaine and marijuana.

Paul Campbell of Lot 164 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to both charges, one of which alleged that on March 4, at his home address, he had in his possession 80 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Particulars of the other charge stated that on the same day, he also had in his possession 40 grammes of marijuana for the same purpose.

Campbell was represented by Attorney-at-law, Mark Waldron, who told the Court that the police went to Campbell’s home which is in the apartment building he owns.

The Court heard that the defendant was standing in the company of three other men and they were all searched but nothing was found on their person. The police then searched the bottom flat of the house and came up empty-handed. He added that the police proceeded to the upper flat of the building where the substance was found but not in the presence of his client but rather in the presence of Campbell’s tenant who is a security guard.

The Defence Lawyer told the Court that the police sent a message to Campbell that he is wanted at the station. Upon his arrival, Campbell was arrested and charged.

According to the prosecution, the police ranks claimed that when they proceeded to search the upper flat of the building, Campbell ran out of the house and made good his escape.

Attorney Waldron however told the Court that his client never ran away; rather he was not present when the alleged drug was found.

Bail was refused and the matter was transferred before Magistrate Fabayo Azore for March 21, for statements.