Father takes rap for cocaine in suitcase handle; Son pleads Not Guilty

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Darren Owen Harris was sentenced to three years imprisonment. [iNews' Photo]
Darren Owen Harris was sentenced to three years imprisonment. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The father and son, who were caught with cocaine in their suitcases at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Friday [June 20] today appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.

Forty – One – year old Darren Owen Harris pleaded guilty to the charge, which alleged that he had in his possession 454 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined $30,000. His son pleaded not guilty. Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru, said on the day in question, he was an outgoing passenger on a Caribbean Airlines flight destined to the United States of America. He said ranks at the airport saw the accused acting in a suspicious manner and subsequently, carried out a search on his person.

However, during the search constable Jeffrey observed the suitcase handle to be tampered with. A further search revealed that the illegal substance was in the said handle.

19 - year - old Darren Harris.
19 – year – old Darren Harris.

The man, who is a Chef told the Court that his son had no knowledge of the illegal substance.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Darren Harris of Lot 27 Durban Street, Lodge, pleaded not guilty to the offence. CANU prosecutor Oswald Massiah said on the day in question around 03:00 pm the defendant was also an outgoing passenger carrying two suitcases. He was asked to place both on a scanner, when it was they observed two ladies handbag with bead handle. The nutmeg shaped bead contained silver like paper which wrapped the prohibited substance.

He was represented by Attorney – at – law George Thomas.

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