A miner accused of having marijuana and cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking was today remanded to prison by Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.

Fifty-year-old Errol Grenion of Bartica pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that, on May 25, 2019 at Third Avenue, Bartica, he had in his possession 122 grams of marijuana and four grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He was represented by attorney-at-law Paul Fung-a-Fat who, in an unsuccessful bail application, told the court that the drugs were found at a wash bay and six persons, including his client, Grenion, were arrested.

The lawyer added that his client is the sole breadwinner of his family and will adhere to any condition set by the court if bail is granted.

However, facts presented by Police Prosecutor Adunni Inniss stated that on May 25 ranks from the Bartica Police Station carried out a raid in the area when they observed Grenion acting in a suspicious manner.

The court heard that Grenion, upon seeing the officers, dropped a bag he was carrying and attempted to run. He was then apprehended, the bag was retrieved, and leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be marijuana were unearthed by the ranks. Further, an officer then found a quantity of whiteish substance, suspected to be cocaine, stashed in a ziplock bag.

The prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts. The magistrate, after listening to both sides, remanded Grenion to prison, citing that no special reason was highlighted by his lawyer.

The father of one was instructed to make his next court appearance on June 5 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.


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