Sleeping fisherman busted with ganja on bed


City Magistrate Judy Latchman remanded to prison a 50-year-old resident of Oronoque Street, Georgetown, when he appeared to answer to two charges of narcotics possession.
It is alleged that Mark Stephens on March 24, 2017, at Da Silva Street, Kitty, Georgetown, had in his possession six grams of cannabis plus an additional 70 grams of the drug for the purpose of trafficking.
The fisherman denied the charges.
When asked why Stephens was charged separately with regard to the offences, the prosecution related to the court that the man had initially admitted to ownership of the six grams while denying any knowledge of the second parcel of cannabis. The court heard that on the day of Stephens’ arrest, he was sleeping on a bed in a Kitty house when Police Officers searched the premises and unearthed the substance on the said bed.
Stephens’ Attorney contended that the substance was found in a general area, which his client had no control over, as he was a mere occupant of the premises at the time of the raid.
Bail was granted in the sum of $60,000 for the first charge (six grams), but the defendant was remanded for the second charge.
The matter continues on April 10 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.


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