Three months after a couple was busted with a quantity of narcotics, arms and ammunition at their Sophia home, they were today granted $500,000 bail each for trafficking narcotics. However, Godfrey was given an additional $200,000 for illegal possession of arms and ammunition.
The bail was today granted by Magistrate Alicia George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.
This is after the couple’s lawyer, Bernard Dasilva renewed a bail application on their behalf. They are both expected to make their next court appearance on March 27.
Godfrey Bacchus, 51 and his reputed wife, Stacy Cort, 34, both sanitation workers and of GPL Reserve, North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, had made their first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on November 28,2019.
The first charge stated that both of them, on November 25, 2019, at GPL Reserve, North Sophia, Greater Georgetown, had in their possession 34 kilograms, 750 grams of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The second charge stated that on the same day and at the same location, Bacchus had in his possession 66 rounds of ammunition when he was not the holder of a firearm license enforced at the time.
It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, he had in his possession, one AK-47 and one pistol when he was not the holder of a firearm license enforced at the time.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to information, on the day in question, police, acting on information, went to the home of the defendants to carry out a search.
The court heard that when the ranks were approaching the home, one of them observed Bacchus throwing a wrapped parcel in a nearby trench.
The parcel was retrieved and the arms and ammunition were unearthed.
A further search was carried out and more narcotics were found in the couple’s bedroom.
The prosecutor added that the police are in possession of a video interview in which Bacchus admitted ownership of the articles while his wife admitted ownership of the narcotics that were found in the bedroom.