Logger remanded for ganja possession

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Vibert Rodrigues of Aruaima River, Berbice, Region 10, was on Monday refused bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he was found with a quantity of ganja in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Rodrigues, who plies his trade as a logger, denied the charge which stated that on March 2, 2019, at Landsville, Aruaima, had in his possession 2000 grams of cannabis.

The Prosecution is contending that on March 2, Police during a sting operation swooped down on the home of the 31-year-old man and conducted a search. The sting operation, according to the Prosecution, was done after police arrested a man with narcotics and he took them to the house where he allegedly brought the illegal drug. Police ranks from the McKenzie Police Station during the search unearthed two plastic bags containing the suspected cannabis in the yard.

Rodrigues and his son were arrested but the Prosecution is contending that the defendant, in a caution statement to the police, claimed ownership of the narcotic. In court on Monday Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty it attracts.

Magistrate McLennan upheld the Prosecution’s submission and remanded the logger to prison.

 

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