Young couple accused of trafficking Ecstasy
A young couple of Providence, East Bank Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan today, charged with trafficking Ecstasy.
Lonsdale Hope, 34, a Sales Representative and his reputed wife, Shelly-Ann Gilgeous, who is a 27-year-old Nurse, denied the joint charge which alleged that on April 23 at Regent Street, Bourda they had 66 grams of Ecstasy in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The couple’s attorney, Dexter Todd, in his application for bail, told the court that the defendants are the sole breadwinner for two minor kids.
Police Prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield objected to the duo being granted bail citing the seriousness attached to the charge.
Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, acting on information received, ranks from the Police Narcotics Branch intercepted motorcar PSS 2037, of which Hope was the driver while his reputed wife was in the front passenger seat.
Ranks searched the car and in the back seat, they reportedly found a woman’s handbag with the suspected drugs inside.
Mansfield explained that Gilgeous told the ranks that Hope gave her the drugs to keep.
The Chief Magistrate, however, released the couple on $150,000 bail and adjourned the matter to May 28.