Human Rights Activist remanded for cocaine trafficking offence

The accused: Tishana Edwards
The accused: Tishana Edwards

[] – Twenty-three-year-old Tishana Edwards of Victoria Road, Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara was today remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry for the offense of trafficking cocaine.

The mother of one pleaded not guilty to the offence, which alleged that on February 23, 2014 at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, she had 2.092 kilogrammes of cocaine in two bottles of cream liquer.

Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Oswald Massiah, said the defendant recently applied for a job at CANU but was turned down. He said she works with her mother, who is a cosmetologist and on the day in question the woman was an outgoing passenger on a Fly Jamaica flight destined to the JFK Airport.

During a procedural check at the airport, the ranks observed from the scanner two bottles containing strange objects. Upon checking, the cocaine was found.

Bail was refused and the matter was transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court for report and fixtures on February 28.

The young woman is the daughter of the Executive Director of the Sex Worker Coalition, Miriam Edwards. She is also a member of that Coalition.



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