CHIEF Magistrate Ann McLennan, on Monday, February 17, 2020, remanded a 30-year-old miner to prison, for possession of marijuana.
Carey Gittens of South Ruimveldt, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty, with explanation, to the charge.
Particulars of the charge stated that, on February 15, 2020, at Fourth Avenue, Bartica, he had in his possession 1314 grams of cannabis, for the purpose of trafficking.
Due to Gittens’ explanation, the Magistrate entered a not-guilty plea.
Police Prosecutor objected to bail being granted to Gittens and told the court that, on the day in question, around 02:10 hours, Gittens was at a night club when police, acting on information, went to the said club.
The ranks made contact with Gittens and told him about an arrest warrant that was issued for him. Gittens then told the ranks that he would give them three pounds of weed for his freedom.
The court heard that Gittens took the ranks to an unfinished building and pulled out a black plastic bag from some nearby bushes. When one of the ranks opened the said black bag, they (the ranks) saw a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems, suspected to be cannabis.
Gittens was arrested, told of the allegation, and later charged.
The prosecutor also told the court that Gittens was sentenced, in his absence, in March of 2019, on two separate narcotic charges. He was sentenced to two years on each charge.
Magistrate McLennan remanded Gittens to prison and adjourned the matter until March 12, 2020. The matter was transferred to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.