Four persons, including the ex-wife of self-confessed drug baron Barry Dataram, were on Monday remanded to prisons after they appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Businessman Balkishun Ramdass, 54; Andrea Puran, 40; Dataram’s ex-wife Shameeza Khan, 34; and Falicia Laundry were all charged jointly.
The four pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that between June 7 and 9, 2016, at Lot 54 Alvan Avenue, Romala Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara, they had in their possession 76.91 kilograms of cannabis sativa (marijuana) for the purpose of trafficking.
Ramdass is facing a second charge which stated that on June 7 at Lot 54 Alvan Avenue, Romala Housing Scheme, he aided persons to traffic narcotics.
It was revealed to the court that the number one accused and mastermind Ramdass, is a qualified engineer and married to Puran. Shameeza Khan is the ex-wife of Dataram; and Laundry is a single parent mother of two children.
Attorney Mark Waldron represented all four defendants. They were all remanded to prison until June 24, 2016 and the case transferred to the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.