A businesswoman was this morning charged and remanded to prison on a cocaine trafficking charge.

Thirty-three-year-old Claudia Hussain of Waterfront, Port Kaituma, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The woman pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on February 18,2020 at Waterfront, Port Kaituma, she had in her possession 3.2 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

She was represented by Attorney-at-law Tameka Clarke who asked that her client be released on reasonable bail.

The lawyer told the court that the alleged narcotics was not found on her client but outside her yard.

However, facts presented by the court prosecutor stated that on the day in question, ranks acting on information went to the home of the defendant.

The court heard that the woman, upon seeing the ranks, threw a bottle through a window. The bottle was then recovered by a rank and the suspected cocaine was found inside.

The mother of two was then arrested and taken to the station where she was charged.

The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted to the woman on the grounds of the serious nature of the allegation and the penalty the charge attracts.

The magistrate, after listening to the facts released the woman on $70,000 bail.
Condition of the bail is that she report to the Port Kaituma Police Station every Friday until the hearing and determination of the trial.

She was instructed to make her next court appearance on May 7,2020 at Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.


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