Man remanded for attempting to smuggle cocaine in Bible cases

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Sherlock[www.inewsguyana.com] – Sherlock Reid of Lot 36 Shirley Field Ridley Square, appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry to answer a narcotic charge on Monday, January 6.

The 32-year-old defendant denied the charge, which alleged that on December 16 at Ogle, East Coast Demerara he had in his possession 1044 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) prosecutor, Oswald Massiah told the Court that there is particular taxi driver that the defendant utilizes to move around to conduct his business.

Massiah told the Court that on the day in question, the defendant brought out a box with a photo album, CD in big pouch along with bible cases and asked the taxi driver to post the box from the Ogle International Airport.

However, it is alleged that the taxi driver told him that he cannot do it since he does not have his ID on him.  The Court heard that the passenger in the car volunteered to post the package, which was destined for Antigua.

At immigration, the box was checked and the illegal substance was discovered in the cases of what appeared to be a Bible and in the other items mentioned. The passenger who posted the box was arrested along with the taxi driver and investigations led to the defendant. Hence, they were all taken to CANU headquarters where a confrontation was held.

The matter was transferred before Magistrate Ann McLennan for report and fixtures and Reid was granted $500,000 bail.

 

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