Scrap metal dealer remanded on cocaine charge

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A scrap metal dealer was on Monday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a trafficking in narcotics charge.

Michael Anthony France
Michael Anthony France

Michael Anthony France, also called “Mosquito”, 41, of Lot 12 Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) denied the allegation, which stated that on January 29, at Nazreen Street, Grove, EBD, he had in his possession 11 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

According to the particulars of the charge, on the day in question, Police ranks of the Narcotic Branch conducted a raid at Lot 17 Nazreen Street, Grove, EBD.

The house is reportedly occupied by the accused, who is the owner of the property.

During the raid, the ranks saw the man throw a transparent plastic bag into an empty plot of land next door. When the bag was retrieved, it was revealed that it contained a substance suspected to be cocaine.

The accused, according to Police sources, subsequently escaped but was captured on February 14.
The accused told the court that he is a businessman involved in the scrap metal business, adding that he owns two cars which are being operated as taxis.

Bail was denied and he was remanded to prison. The Chief Magistrate transferred the matter to the Providence Magistrate’s Court for March 2.

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