Drugs in barrels: Couple remanded to prison

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A couple was on Friday remanded to prison on a drug trafficking  charge in relation to the discovery of 152 lbs of local and foreign cannabis which was allegedly found inside three barrels at their Norton Street, Georgetown home.

Mervin Glen and Nicola Williams appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court; they denied the charge which alleged that on September 2, 2021, they had 68.8 kilograms of cannabis in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The couple was represented by attorney-at-law George Thomas, who told the court that his clients are not the owner of the property.

He also told the court that during the alleged raid, his client’s two-year-old child was taken by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and sometime later, a neighbour was given permission to collect the child.

According to George, the CANU officers reportedly told the couple that if they do not confess to the crime, their child would be handed over to the Childcare and Protection Agency.

However, the police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shellon Daniels, told the court that the suspected narcotics were found in the couple’s bedroom.  Daniels also said that the child was not taken by the CANU officers, but by the mother.

The prosecutor contended that on the day in question, CANU ranks acted on information and conducted a search at the house when they found the drugs concealed inside the barrels that were in the couple’s bedroom.

Magistrate Nurse remanded the couple to prison until September 22.

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