[www.inewsguyana.com] – On February 10, 2014 Camille Marcus pleaded guilty to being in possession of illegal petroleum when she appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Charity Magistrate’s Court.
According to the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), it is alleged that on February 19, 2013, Inspectors from the GEA discovered approximately 24 gallons of gasoline at the defendant’s residence. Lab analysis confirmed that the fuel did not contain the required concentration of fuel marker and was therefore illegal. Marcus accepted ownership of the fuel and admitted to the offence.
The GEA said Marcus claimed that the fuel was brought there by her husband who transport passengers to the North West District, a trade in which she assists him.
Marcus’ Attorney said that the defendant was apologetic for what transpired and was not using the fuel for any personal gain.
“Magistrate Scarce however rebutted this statement noting that the illegal fuel was used in the conduct of their business,” a statement by the GEA added.
Scarce fined Marcus $150,000 or in the alternative serve a term of 9 months imprisonment.
According to the GEA, this marks the 27th conviction for the Fuel Marking Division of the GEA since the programme’s introduction in 2007.
“GEA remains committed in its efforts to combat fuel smuggling and continues to intensify its enforcement operations in this regard.”
The GEA is encouraging all persons who may have information relating to fuel smuggling and possession of illegal fuel to contact the Agency at 226-0394 or 624-5905.