Charlotte St man remanded over ganja, cocaine

A man who police said opened his door for them to carry out a search on his premises, but fled when the officers entered his house was yesterday remanded to prison on charges of drug trafficking.

Rawl Campbell, 43, of 164 Charlotte Street, yesterday appeared before Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.

The charges against Campbell stated that on March 3, he had in his possession 80 grammes of cocaine and 40 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. He denied both charges.

Campbell’s attorney Mark Waldron, in contesting the police’s facts questioned the information which was submitted in court.

He noted that his client had allowed the officers to carry out a search of his person which turned up nothing, while he opened the door of his house for the officers to further search his apartment.

Counsel also questioned the chances of Campbell escaping from the armed ranks. The drugs mentioned in the charge, the attorney said, were found in the upper flat of the building, which has multiple occupants and apartments, contrary to the prosecution’s case that the alleged drugs were found in his client’s apartment.

Waldron further argued that there was no link between the drugs and Campbell since he occupies an apartment in the lower flat of the building.

But Police Sergeant Michael Grant contradicted counsel’s submission, saying that although Campbell subjected himself to be searched and led the officers inside his home he subsequently fled having admitted to the officers that he was living at the said residence where the illegal drugs were found.

After listening to the submissions, bail was refused and the defendant was remanded to prison until March 31, when he is expected to make his next appearance in Court 5.

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