A prison officer, whom the court heard was caught with a bag of marijuana at the Camp Street Prison while reporting for duty, was today sentenced to three years in prison for the offence.

The sentence was handed down by Magistrate Rondel Weever at the conclusion of the trial.

Twenty-three-year-old Cleon Webster of Lot 2 Golden Grove, West Coast Berbice, was charged on June 9, 2019 when he appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

He had denied the charge which stated that on June 14, 2019 at the Camp Street Prison, he had in his possession 120 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Seon Blackman stated that on the day in question, Webster was entering the prison to report for duty when he was stopped and searched by an officer.

The court heard it was while being searched that leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be marijuana were found in a bag that he was carrying.

He was then arrested and allegedly told officers that the bag belongs to his sister. He was later charged with the trafficking offence.


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