[www.inewsguyana.com] – A man and his reputed wife of Leopold and Cross Street, Georgetown on Thursday (November 13), appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry to answer a narcotics charge.
Thirty eight – year – old Shawn Charles pleaded guilty to the charge which alleged that on November 12 at their home, he had in his possession two grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
He was sentenced to three years imprisonment together with $30,000 fine after accepting the offence.
Meanwhile, Alexis Welcome pleaded not guilty to the same charge that said on November 12 at their home, she had in her possession two grammes of cocaine for the same purpose.
Charles told the Court that the illegal substance belongs to him and the woman does not have any knowledge about the substance.
Police Prosecutor Michael explained that on the day in question around 17:20 hrs, acting on information ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) went to the couple’s home.
With their permission the ranks carried out a search on their home. The illegal substance was found in a plate in the room where the female defendant was found.
They were both told of the offence and the male the defendant accepted ownership of the substance. The couple were both arrested and taken to the CID Headquarters, where the suspected cocaine was weighed.
Chief Magistrate took the defendant’s age, father of two children with no prior or pending matters. She also took into consideration the seriousness and prevalence and the quantum involved.
As it relates, to Welcome, bail was refused and the case was transferred before Magistrate Judy Latchman for November 21.