Woman who smuggled ganja in blue soap into prison given 6-month community service

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The 20-year-old woman who was caught smuggling marijuana inside blue soap into the Lusignan Prison on the East Coast of Demerara appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to two charges.

A police report noted that Monique Caesar of Cummings Street, Sophia, Georgetown appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore; she was charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking and ‘place prohibited article’ contrary to section 54 (1) (a) of the Prison Act Chapter 11:01.

(Photos released by the Guyana Police Force)

Police said she was fined $13,200 and sentenced to six-month community service for the narcotics charge while she was fined $26,000 for the second charge. If the fine is not paid for the second charge, she could spend one month in prison.

According to the police, the woman who was arrested on Monday at around 12:39hrs, was taking the items for an inmate when she was subject to a search.

Prison Officers noticed the soap during the search and upon closer examination, eight plastic parcels with leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were found.

The illicit items were weighed and amounted to 22 grams.

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