Eccles man remanded over drug trafficking

An Eccles man was yesterday remanded to prison on narcotics trafficking charges.

Shawn Samuels, 46, of 274 BB Eccles, East Bank Demerara, stood before Magistrate Faith McGusty and was read two separate charges.

It was alleged that on July 31, at Mowasi Landing, Essequibo District, he had 55 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. He was also read a similar charge which stated that on the same day and at the same place, he had 5 grammes of cocaine in his possession.

Samuels pleaded not guilty.

Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, who represented Samuels, told the court that the narcotics were found in his client’s workshop, where it was sealed in a motorbike. He added that his client had not been around there for over five months.

Fung-A-Fat claimed that Samuels only went to the shop because he was told that it was broken and entered by thieves. As a result, he reported the matter to the police and investigations were carried out.

Police Prosecutor Stephen Telford, however, objected to bail and related to the court that on the day in question, the drugs were found in the presence of the accused in his room and shown to him. As a result, he said the accused admitted to the crime and was subsequently arrested.

Magistrate McGusty subsequently remanded Samuels to prison and adjourned the proceedings until August 9.


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