Cocaine trafficking charge dismissed against Pouderoyen woman

The case against a woman charged with cocaine trafficking was dismissed at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court on Friday after police witnesses gave conflicting evidence.

Magistrate Fazil Azeez dismissed the two charges of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking and possession of narcotics against Michelle Gomes.

The woman, who lived at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, had pleaded not guilty and had been remanded to prison during the course of the trial.

It was alleged that on March 29 last year at Pouderoyen, she had in her possession 230 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

It was also alleged that on the same day at Pouderoyen, she had in her possession five grammes of cannabis.
Reports are that on said day, police acting on information received, went to her home at about 1:15 pm. She was reportedly on the verandah and upon seeing the police ran into the house. Police ranks surrounded the home and some entered it and the defendant was reportedly observed throwing two plastic bags outside. The bags were retrieved and upon checking the substances were discovered. She was informed of the offence and arrested and charged.

On Friday, the magistrate said that conflicting evidence was given by Sergeant Stanton and Constable King as to where the bags came from.

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