West Coast Berbice duo remanded over ganja

Two West Coast Berbice men were yesterday remanded to prison after they were refused bail on a possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking charge.

Leon Burnett, 22, a labourer of Lot 5 Onverwagt Village, West Coast Berbice and Anthony Carmichael, 30, a taxi driver of Lot 2 Bennett Dam, Rosignol, West Coast Berbice appeared before Magistrate Rhondell Weaver at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning, where they were jointly charged.

The charge stated that the duo on Monday, 29th January, were found to have in their possession a quantity of cannabis, that is to say 9,165 grammes, for the purpose of trafficking.

The car allegedly driven by Leon Burnett

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge.  Attorney at Law, Horatio Edmonson, who represented Burnett requested bail on behalf of his client.

However, Police Prosecutor, Racquel Mars objected to bail.

Magistrate Weaver then denied bail to both men and remanded the duo to prison.

They will return to court on February 21 for reports.

On Monday morning at around 2 am, motor car PSS 4969, allegedly driven by Carmichael breached a

The car allegedly driven by Anthony Carmichael

police road block opposite the Fort Wellington Police Station, causing ranks to take evasive action to avoid being struck.

According to the police, ranks chased after the car which was found crashed into a tree at Number 23 Village, West Coast Berbice.

However, ranks reportedly observed two male occupants exiting the vehicle and entering another motor car which then sped off.

Stabroek News was told that ranks then set off in pursuit of the second vehicle, motor car, PRR 8143, which was allegedly being driven by Burnett. However, during the ensuing chase, the car veered into a street at Number 27 Village, West Coast Berbice and landed in a nearby trench. Two occupants of the vehicle were spotted escaping into a street.

Meanwhile, police arrived at the scene and observed the driver of the vehicle allegedly attempting to dispose of the illegal substance.

He was arrested and the items, some 19 parcels, were seized.

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