Two days after police unearthed just over 27 kilograms of marijuana in a home in Eccles, a 46-year-old man was moments ago sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and fined $10.8M after he pleaded guilty to a trafficking charge.

Meanwhile, his female co-defendant, whom he said was simply a guest at his home at the time of the drug bust, was released on $200,000 bail.

Errol Brown of Lot 125 Eccles, East Bank Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Also appearing was 28-year-old Shellyann Pompey of Craig, East Bank Demerara.

Charged: Shellyann Pompey

It is alleged that on August 19 at Brown’s Eccles home, they had in their possession 27.318 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Brown pleaded guilty to the charge while Pompey denied the allegation.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that on the day in question at around 11:00 hrs, ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch went to Brown’s home where they made contact with the defendants.

A search was then carried out and compressed cannabis was found in the house. Both defendants were arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where they were charged.

Brown, in addressing the court, said,“She [Pompey] was just a guest at the house. This is my first time; please be lenient with me.”

The Chief Magistrate, after listening to the facts, sentenced Brown to five years behind bars and fined him $10.8M. Meanwhile, Pompey was released on $200,000 bail. She was instructed to make her next court appearance on August 29.

However, the prosecutor asked for time to seek legal advice in relation to the way forward with the matter against Pompey.


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