[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sixty-three-year old Patsy Baptist was remanded to prison on Monday, May 04 by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on a drug trafficking charge.
The unemployed woman of Lot 963, 16th Street Diamond, East Bank Demerara pleaded not guilty to the offence which alleged that on April 30 at her home, she had in her possession 16 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The prosecution told the court that on the day in question at around 14:30 hrs ranks from the Narcotics Branch, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) went to her home and conducted a search when the illegal substance was found in a hat on her wall.
The court heard that the woman allegedly informed the ranks that she purchased the drugs in order to make a living. Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru successfully opposed bail on the grounds that no special reason was given to the court by the defense.
Baptist was represented by Attorney-at-law, Nigel Hughes, who told the court that the drug was not found on his client. He argued that she is not physically capable of selling the item as the prosecutor indicated to the court.
Bail was refused and the matter was transferred to Providence Magistrate’s Court for May 06.