Female Shopkeeper remanded for drug trafficking offense

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Simone McPherson. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Shopkeeper, Simone McPherson was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine – Beharry on a drug trafficking charge.

The 49 – year – old woman of Lot 46 Charlestown, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on February 24 at Charlestown, she had in her possession 18 grammes of marijuana.

The Court heard that at around 16:30 hours, ranks from the Police Narcotics Branch acted on information and went to her home where a search was executed on her shop.

The police found leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be prohibited substance. The woman was subsequently taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the alleged drug was weighed in her presence.

She was represented by Attorney-at-law, Mark Waldron who told the Court, the illicit substance was found in her shop, a place whic is accessible to the public.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant successfully opposed bail on the grounds that special reasons must be advanced by the defence. The matter was put off to March 21.