4 years jail for duo found guilty of cocaine trafficking
Two men were on Tuesday sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined $6M by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan for trafficking cocaine.
Mohammed Kadir, 38; Mark Gomes, 33 were found guilty of having 2.2 kilograms of cocaine in their possession on March 29,2018, at Sherriff Street, Georgetown.
The mastermind, Ryan Fowler, 33, had pleaded guilty to the offence when the matter was first brought to the court and was sentenced to four years jail and fined $6M.
The Chief Magistrate, in her ruling, noted that both Gomes and Kadir had knowledge and control of the drugs and that they transported and handled the substance.
Attorney Mark Waldron represented Gomes and while Kadir was represented by Glen Hanoman.
Prosecutor for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Konyo Sandiford made an application for Gomes’ car to be seized, on the grounds that it was used to commit the crime.
The Chief Magistrate ordered that the car, PMM 5807 is handed over to the state.
According to reports, on the day in question at about 19:45hrs, CANU ranks observed two vehicles that were parked in the vicinity of Sheriff Street.
The court heard that Kadir exited one of the vehicles with a yellow gas cylinder and went other to the other vehicle which was being driven by Gomes with Fowler inside.
CANU ranks subsequently intercepted the vehicle with the men inside and conducted a search when they found the drugs hidden inside the gas bottle.