Kitty man remanded on narco trafficking charge

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A Kitty, Georgetown man, who claimed that a charge of possession of narcotics brought against him was “trumped up” was on Friday remanded to prison when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman.

A very vocal Desmond Lewis, 44, denied the charge against him when it was read at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The charge alleged that he on May 31, 2017 at Lot 226 Garnett Street, Newtown, Kitty, had in his possession 341.8 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.

After the charge was read, Lewis told Magistrate Latchman “I am really shocked and in dismay and am very uncomfortable with this charge, it is a trumped-up charge!”

According to the defendant, a search was conducted in one of the buildings in the yard in which he resides when the narcotics was found.

He explained “next thing I know is a group of Police approach me and asked me about the marijuana and I told them that I don’t know about it”.

Lewis revealed that he was granted $60,000 station bail.

“Your honour, the drugs was not found on my person or anywhere close to me, not even fifteen feet away,” Lewis said.

However, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves objected to bail and stated that the defendant provided no special reasons why bail should be granted to him.

Gonsalves revealed that at about 16:00hrs on the day in question, Police officers went to the address where the cannabis was found and a search was conducted.

The narcotics were reportedly found in several Ziploc bags hidden in a bucket containing paddy in the home of the accused as such he was arrested and charged, the Prosecutor said.

During the court proceedings, the defendant continually objected to the Prosecutor’s facts. Magistrate Latchman remanded Gonsalves to prison. He is scheduled to reappear on August 21.

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