Jamaican Nationals remanded to prison following Marijuana bust at CJIA

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Jamaican National, Tamara Nicola Douglas was remanded to prison. [iNews' Photo]
Jamaican National, Tamara Nicola Douglas was remanded to prison. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Two Jamaican nationals busted with marijuana at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) were both remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry on Wednesday, April 23.

Benjamin Issiah Carrington, a 27-year-old vendor of Kingston, Jamaica pleaded not guilty to the charge, particulars of which stated that on April 21, at the CJIA, he had in his possession 15 kilogrammes, 454 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Tamara Nicola Douglas, a 31-year-old hairdresser of 77 Silverstone, Portland Jamaica, also denied the offence, which alleged that she had 12 kilogrammes, 272 grammes of marijuana.

Police Prosecutor Michael Grant told the Court that on the day in question; the two defendants arrived in Guyana on Fly Jamaica Flight, OJ 152 and while their luggage was passing through the scanner, Police observed “block like objects” from both of their suitcases.    

He said the duo was immediately contacted to identify their luggage. As a result of a physical search in their presence, quantities of transparent plastic bags containing the prohibited substance were found. They were both told of the offences and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where the substances were weighed.

Attorney-at-law, Madan Kisson representing both of the defendants made a fail effort in securing bail for his clients. He said Douglas is suffering from a health condition and the illegal substances were not found on their persons.  

However, the Prosecutor said that in a statement, both defendants admitted to packing their suitcases themselves.

Bail was refused and the duo will make their next Court appearance on May 28.

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