Deborah Ann Pereira-Collins was yesterday remanded to prison on a charge that she attempted to mail almost one kilogramme of marijuana, which was hidden in a box of cornflakes and a tin of milk.
Pereira-Collins appeared before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry yesterday on a charge that on June 27, at David Street, Kitty, she had in her possession 934 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
The domestic worker, who resides at 141 Block 22, Wismar, Linden, denied the charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking when it was read to her at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
In presenting the facts of the case, Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) prosecutor Oswald Massiah said that the illegal drug was found in a milk tin and a box of cornflakes that the accused was attempting to post to Port Kaituma, in the North West District.
Massiah said that on the day in question, the defendant left Linden and travelled to Kitty Georgetown, where she attempted to post the items.
He said that CANU officers, acting on information, later arrived and checked the boxes the woman was attempting to post when they discovered the milk tin and cornflakes box inside.
After checking further, Massiah said that instead of milk and cornflakes, the ranks discovered a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems believed to be cannabis concealed in the respective receptacles. The court then heard that Pereira-Collins was subsequently taken to the station, where the substance was weighed in her presence and amounted to that mentioned in the charge.
When given a chance to speak, the accused said that she had no knowledge of the contents of the boxes as someone had given her the things to post and she agreed.
Pereira-Collins was remanded to prison. Her matter was transferred to Court Five for September 2.