Four months ago, a baker and his wife were cleared of charges which stated that they allegedly trafficked over $25M worth in ganja in gas cylinders. But to the court’s surprise, the man appeared before the court again on a similar charge.
Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan heard today that 38-year-old Colin Denny was arrested last Wednesday by ranks attached to the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) as he was caught on surveillance tape handing a bag containing marijuana to a bus driver. But Denny of Lot 41 Charles and Howes Streets, Charlestown, vehemently denied that the charge which stated that on September 26, 2018, at Church Street, Georgetown, he trafficked 2.366 kilograms of marijuana.
The man’s attorney, George Thomas told the court that his client was not caught with the drugs and it was the driver who had the drugs in his possession. He then appealed to the Magistrate to grant the accused bail.
CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford objected to bail being granted to Denny on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts. The Prosecutor added that the defendant was caught on CCTV footage handing the bag containing drugs to a bus driver.
The Magistrate upheld the Prosecution’s request and case is expected to return before the Chief Magistrate on October 15.
Last May, Magistrate Judy Latchman dismissed a matter against Denny and his wife Malika Softleigh, who were jointly charge for trafficking marijuana. It was alleged that Denny and Softleigh trafficked 57,8608 kilograms of marijuana in three 100-pounds gas cylinders.
Magistrate Latchman dismissed the matter against the duo citing insufficient evidence by the Prosecution. It was reported that the gas cylinders were purchased by Softleigh, who took them to Berbice and placed them in a room at the home of Softleigh‘s cousin hole at Tucville.
According to information, CANU ranks acting on information, went to the address where the cylinders were cut open and mud was found stuffed into the bottoms along with black plastic.
When the plastic was removed, several parcels of transparent packages, containing leaves, seeds and stems, suspected to be cannabis, were found.