Accused ganja trafficker tried to buy way out of charge -court hears

Christopher Gonsalves

An accused drug trafficker, who police say attempted to bribe a rank in order to escape a charge, is now a remanded prisoner.

Christopher Gonsalves, 27, faced two charges when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in Georgetown.

It was alleged that Gonsalves had 530 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking on October 3rd, 2018, at Albouystown, Georgetown.

He also faced another charge which stated that on the same date, at the Brickdam Police Station, he attempted to obstruct or pervert the course of justice by offering “Sergeant George” $150,000 in cash, so as to prevent the institution of a charge made against him.

According to Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris, police conducted a sting operation, where they visited Gonsalves’ shop to buy cannabis. He reportedly left on his motorcycle and returned with a bulky black plastic bag, which contained the cannabis. He was subsequently arrested and taken to the Brickdam Police Station.

It is further alleged that Gonsalves then requested to speak to the investigating rank and was carried to Sergeant George, whom he offered $150,000 to release him.

Gonsalves, however, pleaded not guilty to both of the charges. Although he was granted bail in the sum of $200,000 on the charge of bribery, he was remanded to prison on the charge of possession of narcotics. The matters were adjourn-ed until November 5th.

 

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