Taxi driver allegedly caught with Cannabis, remanded to prison

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Taxi driver, Sherwin Edwards Clarke, 36, was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan Thursday for allegedly trafficking over eight pounds of Cannabis.

Clarke of Canje, Berbice pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on February 11, 2019, at the Fire Side Grill, Garnett Street, Kitty he trafficked 3.86 kilograms of cannabis.

Attorney Adrian Thompson told the court that his client is the sole breadwinner of his family and that his wife is currently five months pregnant.

Thompson, during his application for bail, argued that Clarke transports passengers from Berbice to Georgetown and on the day in question, there were passengers in the car when he was intercepted by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).

But CANU Prosecutor Narissa Leander said the accused was the lone occupant of the car when he was stopped and searched by CANU ranks at the Fire Side Grill restaurant. The illegal drugs were found inside the car.

She objected to bail and noted that the accused orally admitted to ownership of the drugs upon his arrest.

He was remanded to prison until March 1, 2019.

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