Taxi driver granted $200k bail after caught with ‘poppy’ worth over $1M

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Linden taxi driver Ezera Greene, who was busted with over $1 million worth in cannabis in his car, was on Thursday released on $200,000 bail on a drug trafficking charge.

Greene, 36, appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Wonda Fortune and pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on December 21, at the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, he had 1.24 kilograms of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.

His attorney made an application for bail based on the fact that multiple people were in the car with Greene when the marijuana was found.

The Magistrate granted Greene $200,000 bail and ordered him to lodge his passport at the court; he was also ordered to report to the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) Headquarters every last Friday of the month.

The case was adjourned to January 26, 2022, for report and disclosure. A press release from CANU noted that based on the information provided, CANU officers conducted a surveillance operation near the Linden bus park during which they identified two individuals entering a motor vehicle.

The CANU ranks then followed the vehicle out of town, down the east bank corridor, and onto the Soesdyke Highway. Following that, the vehicle was stopped and a search of the vehicle and its occupants was conducted during which a brick-like object suspected of containing narcotics was discovered concealed in the vehicle.

The driver and occupants of the vehicle, as well as the brick-like object, were escorted to CANU headquarters, where it was tested, weighed and was determined to be foreign marijuana, commonly known as “poppy.”

CANU said the street value of the marijuana is more than G$1,000,000.

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