Cocaine in stump wall accused granted bail

The discovery of cocaine hidden in a kitchen ‘stump’ wall resulted in an Eccles, East Bank Demerara woman being placed on bail after she appeared in a city court yesterday.

Janette Sharma, 53, of lot 65 Eccles East Bank Demerara, denied that she had seven grammes of cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking, on March 22.

According to Police Prosecutor Joel Ricknauth, on the day in question, police ranks went to Sharma’s home, acting on information, and requested to search the premises. He said that after the woman consented to the search, police found a whitish, rock-like substance, suspected to be cocaine. Ricknauth said, the narcotic was hidden in a stump wall in the kitchen, wrapped in a black plastic bag that appeared bulky. He said the narcotic was weighed in Sharma’s presence and she was told of the allegation, arrested and charged.

Magistrate Judy Latchman, granted Sharma $80,000 bail, after she told the court that she was not the only person in the home at the time of the search. Prosecutor Ricknauth had objected to bail, stating that no special reasons were offered.

The case will be called again on April 4.

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