Husband, wife remanded to prison for possession of narcotic

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Thirty – two – year old Joseph Barton of 17 Broad Street Georgetown and his 18 year old common law wife Denise Venlong today made their first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.

Both accused pleaded not guilty to the offence which alleged that on July 18 at Broad Street Georgetown a search was conducted on a house occupied by both accused in which 30 grams of the illegal substance were found.

According to Police Prosecutor Vernette Pindar; on the day in question at about 7:00h, ranks from the Guyana Police Force Narcotics Department acting on information went the house.

The Prosecutor said Venlong and Barton were taken to the CID Headquarter in Eave Leary where they were questioned and cautioned about the offence committed.

Both accused were represented by Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat who made an application for reasonable bail adding that the illegal substance was found in a milk tin that was left in the house by previous tenants.

However, the Chief Magistrate refused bail and Venlong and Barton will make their next court appearance on August 09. (Royan Abrams)

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