Surinamese gets three years jail in Guyana for trafficking marijuana


A Surinamese national who was arrested on Monday, March 06, 2017, on his way back home with 242 grams of marijuana, has been sentenced to three years in prison for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.

50-year-old Ustene Browne pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him by magistrate Rabindranauth Singh in the Springlands Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, March 08, 2017. Browne was arrested as he was about to join a boat at the #78 village Foreshore to travel to Suriname via the backtrack route.

News Room was told that the man was busted with the marijuana hidden in a jockey shorts.

According to a police source, at about 8:30hrs on the day of the incident, a police officer was conducting routine searches on passengers using the speed boat service when the discovery was made.

News Room was informed that the rank conducted a search on a man who was acting in a suspicious manner and who was later identified as Browne of Lot 116 Cassava Straat, Nickerie, Suriname, when he found a jockey shorts with two compact scotch taped parcels. The parcels were opened in the presence of the 50-year-old and found to contain a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be marijuana.

Browne was told of the offence committed and escorted to the Springlands Police Station where the items were weighed in his presence and amounted to 242 grams.

After hearing the case the magistrate sentenced the accused to three years in jail.

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