FIFTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Campbellville businessman Andre Gomes called ‘Zipper’, who was charged for cocaine trafficking, following a raid at his home two months ago by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks, was yesterday transferred to the court of Senior Magistrate Leron Daly for commencement of his trial on April 18.
Gomes, the owner of D&D Pawn Shop, had appeared before City Magistrate Judy Latchman and had denied the charge.
Particulars of the charge alleged that Gomes on January 30 at his Lot 32 Craig Street, Campbellville home had in his possession 902 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Gomes’ attorney Mark Waldron during a bail application had explained that the alleged drug was not found in his client’s possession but in a nearby alleyway.
CANU prosecutor Konyo Sandiford said there was an eyewitness who allegedly saw the accused handling and disposing the drug in a black plastic bag which was picked up by CANU ranks.
In August 2017, Gomes’ reputed wife Naomi Persaud was sentenced to four years’ jail and fined $21M after 20 pounds of cocaine in a gas cylinder was found at the family’s Campbellville house.
Their grandson, National Under-19 cricketer Joshua Persaud, was jointly charged with the offence but the charge was later dismissed after the grandmother “took the rap”.