[www.inewsguyana.com] – Gordon Allen, a deportee from the United States (U.S.) was today convicted for drug trafficking charges by Magistrate Judy Latchman.
The 48 – year – old defendant made his first Court appearance before Magistrate Ann McLennan on December 16, 2013 and pleaded not guilty to two charges.
It is alleged that on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Orange Walk and Regent Street, Georgetown, he had 17 grammes of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The second charge alleged that on the same day also at Orange Walk and Regent Street, he had possession of one gramme cocaine, also for the purpose of trafficking.
When the matter was first called, Police Prosecutor, Dinero Jones had said that the defendant was observed around the Bourda Market area sitting on the pavement and was being frequently approached by different persons.
The prosecutor said Allen was seen going into his pocket and taking out a black plastic bag which contained something that he was giving persons and a search of his person yielded weeds, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis and a creamish rock-like substance suspected to be cocaine.
Bail was refused on the first appearance and the cases were transferred to Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry for January 6, 2014. The case was then transferred before Magistrate Latchman and the Prosecution was led by Police Sergeant Vishnu Hunt.
Magistrate Latchman fined the defendant $25,000 together with three years imprisonment for possession of cannabis. As it relates to the cocaine charge, Allen was fines $3,000 together with 14 consecutive Saturdays of community services, excluding national holidays and is ordered to commence after the imprisonment.