A miner is now a remanded prisoner after police say he was caught with drugs during a search in the interior.
The charges against Shawn David state that on February 14, at Puruni Landing, Mazaruni, he had 9 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking in his possession as well as 196 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
David denied the charges when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Prosecutor Michael Grant objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offence and the fact that special reasons are required in order for bail to be granted.
Grant told the court that a police patrol from Bartica was in the area when the ranks observed David standing at Puruni Landing.
He said David’s actions made the lawmen suspicious and they decided to carry out a search on his person. It was subsequently found that a haversack he was carrying contained a black plastic bag along with two transparent bags, one containing a quantity of leaves seeds and stems which was suspected to be cannabis and the other contained a whitish, powdery substance suspected to be cocaine.
David was subsequently arrested and taken to the Bartica Police Station, where the illegal substances were tested and confirmed, the prosecutor said.
Grant’s objection to bail was upheld by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, who remanded Lynch to prison until February 26, when he will make his next court appearance when the matter will be called at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.