The 66-year-old man who police said was caught days ago attempting to traffic cocaine through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in his shoes was today charged and remanded to prison.

Roderick Andrew Chase, 66, appeared before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Providence Magistrate’s Court.

He denied the charge which stated that on August 13, 2019, at CJIA, Timehri he had 290 grams of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.

He was represented by attorney-at-law George Thomas who asked that his client be released on bail.

However, Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves objected to bail being granted to the defendant on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.

According to reports, the drug was unearthed in a pair of shoes the senior citizen was wearing. The suspect, who also celebrated his 66th birthday on the said day, was arrested.

It was reported that an officer on duty observed something in Chase’s shoes. Chase was then subjected to a search and two parcels of cocaine were allegedly found stashed inside.

The magistrate, after listening to the facts, remanded Chase to prison until August 30.


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