Teenager who attempted to smuggle cocaine, marijuana to B’dos remanded to prison

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Crawford[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nineteen-year-old, Anastasia Latoya Crawford of Kingston, Georgetown was today remanded to prison for Wednesday’s (May 21) drug bust at Ogle International Airport.

Crawford was slapped with two counts of narcotics trafficking when she appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.

She pleaded not guilty to both charges, one of which alleged that on May 21 at Ogle International Airport, she had in her possession 5.574 kilogrammes of marijuana.

Crawford also denied the other allegation, which noted that on the same day, she had 2.286 Kg of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking.

CANU Prosecutor Oswald Massiah told the Court that on the day in question, the accused was an outgoing passenger to Barbados on a LIAT Flight, with a suitcase and a haversack.  The suitcase was checked by a CANU officer on duty but nothing was found.

The officer then checked the haversack and found nine taped packets in the bag. Subsequently, he punched one of the packets in her presence and found substance suspected to be marijuana.

She was transported to the CANU Headquarters for further investigations and questioning. Eight of the remaining packets were checked and three of them contained cocaine.

According to the Prosecutor, during questioning, she told the ranks that she was offered US$15,000 by “Mark Polo” to transport the illegal substance to Barbados. Crawford said she was given an advance of G$50,000 and would have received the remaining on her arrival in Barbados.

She was represented by Attorneys – at – law, Euclin Gomes and George Thomas. Mr. Gomes requested that Crawford be placed on reasonable bail, but the application was denied on the grounds that no special reason was given to the Court. The matter was transferred to Sparendaam Court for May 27, for report and fixtures.

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