Trafficking 4.7 kilos of cannabis gets vendor 60 months jail, $6.9M fine

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A La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara vendor was slapped with a 60-month jail term when Magistrate Judy Latchman found him guilty of trafficking cannabis, on Thursday morning.

Magistrate Latchman also ordered the accused to pay a fine of $6,900,000.

Moraino Wilson, 23, was earlier this year remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, after he pleaded not guilty to a charge which alleged that between January 6 and January 7, 2017, at Sussex Street Wharf, Georgetown, he had 4.624 kilograms of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Defence Attorney Madan Singh had initially requested bail for his client, attesting that the package containing the illicit drug was not found on Wilson’s person, rather arguing that the accused acted upon a call instructing him to pick up a package at the said location, being unaware of its contents.

Police Prosecutor, Inspector Neville Jeffers had strongly objected to bail contending that Wilson had confessed to ownership of the drugs upon his arrest, reportedly saying “Is a small hustle I trying to do.”

According to reports, on the day of the incident, ranks attached to the Police Narcotics Branch acting on information intercepted two boxes containing cannabis at the said wharf waiting to be shipped to Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini).

 

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