[www.inewsguyana.com]– An East Ruimveldt Shopkeeper on Wednesday, March 25 appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates Court before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry charged with trafficking marijuana.
Melroy Hopkinson pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on March 24 at Lot 489 East Ruimveldt she had in her possession 64 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The Court heard that on the day in question, ranks from the narcotics branch acted on information and conducted a search at Hopkinson’s shop, when the the marijuana was found in the ceiling.
Subsequent to the discovery, the businesswoman who resides with her mother and children, denied any knowledge of the illegal substance but was arrested and charged.
Her Lawyer, Jad Vasconsellos told the Court that the prohibited drug was found in the shop which his client operates but that the establishment is located some distance away from his client’s home.
Hopkinson was denied bail and is to make her second appearance on April 14 before Magistrate Judy Latchman.