A construction worker whom the court heard was caught with 35 grams of marijuana was this afternoon charged and remanded to prison on a trafficking charge.

Thirty-eight-year-old Keith Abel of Eccles, East Bank Demerara pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on June 26, 2019, at Water Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession 35 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The unrepresented man appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

Abel, in addressing the court, said that the officers found the alleged narcotics in a stand close to where he sells groceries.

Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts. The Prosecutor also highlighted the fact that the defendant gave three conflicting addresses to the police and the court.

The magistrate, after listening to the prosecutor, remanded Abel to prison until July 19.


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