Four Colombians charged for overstaying

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Yeison Sanchez, Wilinton Reyes, Jesus Ameya and Renaldo Rodrigues

Four Colombians were before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday morning charged for overstaying their time in Guyana.

27-year-old, Yeison Sanchez, 45-year-old Renaldo Rodrigues and 52-year-old Jesus Ameya all appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan while Wilinton Reyes, 36, stood before City Magistrate, Judy Latchman.

Sanchez admitted to overstaying in Guyana from November 18, 2017 to January 2, 2018 while Rodrigues and Ameya also told McLennan that they overstayed between September 25, 2017 to January 2 and September 20, 2017 to January 2, 2018 respectively.

Reyes admitted to Latchman that he overstayed between October 23, 2017 to January 2 2018.

The Court heard that the four men were apprehended by Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks on January 2 when a raid was being carried out at the Grant Woodland Condo.

They were all later charged with aiding Gavin Alves in trafficking narcotics but the charge was recently dismissed. As such, this present charge was brought against them.

Their Attorney, Benard DaSilva told the Court that they were all in Guyana legally being granted a one month stay.

However, he claimed that even though they overstated, they all have their documents and are seeking money to return home.

Sanchez, Rodrigues and Ameya were all fined $20,000 or a default of 8 weeks imprisonment by the Chief Magistrate.

However, Magistrate Latchman fined Reyes $50,000 or a default of 8 weeks imprisonment and he was ordered to be deported after paying said fine or serving his time in jail.

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