Husband, wife charged with narco – trafficking, possession of ammo

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Franklin Valanzuela. [iNews' Photo]
Franklin Valanzuela. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 47- year – old farmer and his 65 – year – old wife were today, Thursday, September 04 remanded to prison on joint charges of trafficking narcotics and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Franklin Valanzuela also known as Franklin Anthony and his reputed wife, Claris Huston of Hobodeia Village, in the North West District, both pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate Judy Latchman.

It is alleged that on September 02 at Hobodeia Village, they had in their possession 1117 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The second joint charge alleged that on the same day at Hobodeia Village, they had in their possession three 16 gauge cartridge shell casings without being the holder of a firearm license.

The duo was unrepresented and told the Court that they have two children from their common law union.

Claris Huston. [iNews' Photo]
Claris Huston. [iNews’ Photo]
Hutson explained that she is suffering from a heart problem and diabetes. According to Anthony, the ammunition was found in a carton box with some old clothing which he noted does not belong to him.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant opposed bail on the grounds that no special reason was raised by the duo.

They are scheduled to re – appear in Court September 8.

Meanwhile, Anthony is also facing a separate charge of cultivating prohibited plants. He pleaded guilty to the offence, which stated that on September 2 at Hobodiea, he cultivated Marijuana.

He stated that he nurtured the prohibited plants to purchase a chain saw. For this offence he was fined $6,000 together with three years imprisonment.

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