Two remanded on ganja, gun charges

Two men were on Monday remanded to prison on charges of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, cultivating a prohibited plant, and unlawful weapons possession, after they appeared before Magistrate Sueanna Lovell at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

Komal Persaud and Pooran Singh, on August 31, at the West Bank Demerara (WBD), allegedly had in their possession 105 kilogrammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. On the same day the two are accused of cultivating cannabis, a prohibited plant, at the same area.

The two defendants were also accused of having in their possession three 12-gauge shotguns and six rounds of 12-guage cartridges, without a licence in force at the time. The two defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to them.

Attorney Adrian Thompson, who made a bail application for Persaud, stressed that his client was a licensed firearm holder and that the court should take into consideration that only two men came to court for the offences, when on the day in question the police arrested four of them.

The matter will be called again on September 6 at Court One.

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