Wife gets nine months for smuggling cigarettes to Dataram

Anjanie Boodnarine

Anjanie Boodnarine, the common-law wife of convicted drug trafficker Barry Dataram, was today sentenced to nine months in prison for smuggling prohibited items to him.

Boodnarine, 21, a mother of two, who was recently released from prison after being found not guilty of attempting to defeat the administration of the law and forging a passport, was found guilty by Magistrate Crystal Albert for the offence she committed on March 31 at the Mazaruni Prison.

The charge against the common-law wife of Dataram stated that, at the Penitentiary, she took 14 packs of cigarettes for Dataram. She had pleaded not guilty to the offence when she first appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at her arraignment.

Anjanie Boodnarine

According to the Commander of ‘F’ Division, Ravindradat Budhram who confirmed the sentencing, Boodnarine was tried and was found guilty by the magistrate, based upon the evidence that was brought against her by Police Prosecutor Compton Williams, and as such, the accused was later sentenced to nine months for the offence.

Boodnarine was first charged in 2015, when she was accused of drug trafficking, along with Dataram, Kevin Charran and Trevor Gouveia. Boodnarine, Charran and Gouveia were found not guilty of the crime.

She was later charged with leaving the country without presenting herself to an immigration officer, for which she was tried at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court and freed.

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