[www.inewsguyana.com] – United States (US) bound passenger busted with cocaine in Kerrygold milk powder packets was today remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
Jermaine Lowe, 24 pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that on Friday, January 17 at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, East Bank Demerara; he had in his possession 15.308 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Oswald Massiah, told the court that the defendant is an American citizen by birth and resides in Guyana four years now.
During the period he has been residing with some relatives at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara. He said Lowe claimed of losing his United States passport and acquired another at the American Embassy.
According to the Prosecutor, during Lowe’s stay, he associated himself with various persons, one of whom offered to pay his passage to take the illegal substance to the United States.
The Court heard that the first arrangement was scheduled for January 3 which was void, but later arrangements were made for January 17. On the night in question, he arrived at the airport with his suitcase and was processed to board flight BWIA 5528 Caribbean Airlines 428.
According to the Prosecutor, during a routine scan the illegal substance was found in two Kerrygold milk powder containers wrapped in a transparent plastic bag among his clothing. In his presence, the substance was weighed and amounted to 800 gramms each.
However, bail was refused and the matter was transferred to Providence Magistrate’s Court for January 28.