A 19-YEAR-OLD Canadian National who was reportedly nabbed with almost two kilos of cocaine in her suitcase at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri was on Wednesday charged for drug trafficking.
Yuniyka Bovell appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied that on October 5 at CJIA she had 1.602 kilograms of diamorphine (heroin) in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Bovell’s attorney Siand Dhurjon told the court that his client was staying at Guyhoc Park since coming to Guyana nine months ago and has been working as a cashier at her mother’s grocery store.
Dhurjon said that his client was kept beyond the holding period without an extension of time being sought by CANU.
Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford told the court that the drugs were found hidden in the teen’s suitcase on the day in question. The teen was reportedly nabbed as she was about to board a flight to Canada.
Sandiford opposed bail on the grounds that the lawyer failed to raise special reason for the granting of bail. The Chief Magistrate remanded Bovell and adjourned the matter until October 24.