Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus moments ago sentenced a party promoter to two years and three months behind bars for trafficking cocaine.
Thirty-one-year-old Wyette Amsterdam of Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, had initially denied the charge which stated that on October 17, 2018, at Stabroek Market Square, in the vicinity of the Lodge Bus Park, he had in his possession 1.160 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
The promoter, who was under surveillance for months by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), was on trial in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
This afternoon, the magistrate ruled that after going through the entirety of the evidence presented by the Prosecutor, she was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Amsterdam trafficked the cocaine.
Hence, she imposed the custodial sentence on him.
According to facts presented by CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford, CANU ranks, acting on information, had been watching Amsterdam for several months.
It was reported that on the day in question, the ranks intercepted him in the vicinity of Stabroek Market.
A search was carried out and the narcotics and $600,000 were discovered in a haversack that was on his back. He was then arrested and taken into custody.