Youth allegedly caught with ecstasy released on $35k bail

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Winston Bourne, a 25-year-old labourer of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, was on Monday released on $35,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.

A police report noted that Bourne appeared via Zoom before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court. He was reportedly found with 30 grams of ecstasy in his possession.

According to the Guyana Police Force, on April 2, 2022, police ranks were on mobile patrol at around 23:30hrs at Sunflower Street, Wismar, Linden where they saw two males conversing on a bridge.

It is alleged that Bourne, who was sitting on a black electric scooter, attempted to drop his scooter and run away, while the other male dropped a haversack and escaped.

The police alleged that Bourne attempted to throw away a transparent plastic bag but failed to do so and the ranks took possession of  it when they observed several orange and grey tablet-like substances with the markings of a skull and the word “Fanta” on them.

According to the police, Bourne was told of the offence committed and cautioned during which he responded: “What y’all can do for me? I buy these ecstasy to turn over from that man y’all see run away. Things tight with me, what y’all can do for me?”

He was then arrested and escorted to the MacKenzie Police Station. The case was adjourned to May 3, 2022.

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