Sailor remanded on ganja trafficking charge

A sailor, who was allegedly caught with almost two kilos of marijuana, was yesterday remanded to prison on a narcotics trafficking charge.

Jermaine Black

Jermaine Black, 25, of Wakenaam, pleaded not guilty to a charge which stated that on May 19, at Port Kaituma Waterfront, he had 1,814 grammes of cannabis in his possession for trafficking.

The charge was read to Black by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in a Georgetown court.

Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, who objected to bail being granted, told the court that the narcotics were found in two boxes which were concealed inside of a locker that belonged to Black. According to the prosecutor, Black had the keys to the locker and told police that someone had given him the boxes.

However, Black’s attorney, Darren Wade, argued that the cannabis was not found in his client’s possession and neither did his client have any knowledge of it. Wade’s submissions for his client to be released on bail were, however, rejected by the Chief Magistrate, who said he offered no special reasons.

Black was later remanded to prison until August 8, when the matter would heard at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.

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