[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Canadian citizen who was busted with cocaine in false bottom suitcases on Tuesday (January 7) at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) was refused bail by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry when he appeared in Court today.
Fifty- eight – year old Edward Jones pleaded not guilty to the charge which detailed that on Tuesday, January 7 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), he had in his possession 9.545kg of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru told the court that the defendant was an in transit passenger on a flight destined for Canada.
During routine checks ranks from the Police Anti –Narcotics Branch observed a false bottom on his suitcase which was broken and whitish substance in transparent bags was showing. He was told of the offence and cautioned. Jones reportedly immediately denied any knowledge of the allegation.
Defence Counsel Bobb requested reasonable bail, in relation to his client health conditions. He said Jones is suffering from hypertension and diabetes.
The Prosecutor objected to bail citing the grounds that the defendant has no ties to this country.
Bail was refused and the matter was transferred to Providence Magistrates’ Court for January 13.