Ranks from the Ituni Police Station have detained a 58-year-old Berbice farmer after he was nabbed at a roadblock with more than 2000 grams of cannabis.

The ranks, at around 18:25hrs on Friday last, were on a ‘stop and search’ exercise in front of the Ituni Police Station where they stopped a white 212 motor car bearing registration PZZ 7500. It was being driven by a 34-year-old electrician of Airy Hall Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, along with three passengers.

One of the passengers, Compton Joseph Allicock, a 58-year-old farmer of Unamco Junction, Upper Berbice River, was seated next to the driver with a pink haversack on the floor of the car between his feet.

A police rank at the roadblock told the driver and passengers that he would like to search their person and belongings, to which they agreed. When the rank searched Compton Allicock, he found a bulky black plastic bag containing cannabis leaves, seeds, and stems stashed in the crotch of his pants.

The ranks also searched the haversack belonging to Allicock, which had a quantity of cassava. Among the cassava were four bulky black plastic parcels and one blue plastic parcel. The parcels also contained a quantity of cannabis leaves, seeds and stems.

Allicock was told of the offence committed and cautioned. He then admitted, under caution, saying: “Officer, I was taking this thing to make a fine hussle because things lil hard.”

He was arrested and escorted to the Ituni Police Station, where the cannabis was weighed in his presence and amounted to 2,041 grams.

While nothing of evidential value was found on the driver and the other two passengers, Police took statements from them, and they were allowed to go. The suspect is in custody pending further investigation.


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