Sophia man nabbed with ganja in wine box after tip off

– court hears

A man was yesterday remanded to prison on a charge of narcotics possession for trafficking after her was caught by police allegedly transporting marijuana in a wine box.

The charge read at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court stated that on October 31, at Prashad Nagar, Christopher Greene, of Lot 50 North Sophia, had 442 grammes of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecutor Bharat Mangru said that on Thursday, at around 9:45am, acting on information provided, police ranks went to Prashad Nagar.

Mangru added that Greene was seen by ranks riding a bicycle and carrying a Banko Wine box. Ranks then stopped Greene and conducted a search of the box, which uncovered leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis. Greene was informed of the find and arrested, according to Mangru.

It was at this point that Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, who was hearing the case, decided to transfer the matter to Court Five.

At Court Five, attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, who represented Greene, made an application for reasonable bail to be granted to his client.

Fung- A-Fat suggested that the box with the narcotic was tampered with and added his client had sent the box to the interior before he was called by customs to collect it. He said that Greene had no knowledge of what he was transporting.

After listening to Fung-A-Fat’s arguments, Magistrate Fabayo Azore refused bail and Greene was remanded to prison until November 15.

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