CHIEF Magistrate Ann McLennan, on Monday, March 23, 2020, remanded a 46-year-old Jamaican to prison, for drug trafficking.
Jerwayne David Salmon, a father of 8 and a diabetic, appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that, on March 21, 2020, at Itaballi Landing, Mazaruni River, he had 456.6 grams of cannabis in his possession, for the purpose of trafficking.
However, he confessed to another charge which read that between December 22, 2019, and March 21, 2020, he failed to comply with conditions granted to stay in Guyana which was from June 21, 2019, to December 21, 2019, when he arrived at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
According to the facts presented by Police Prosecutor, Inspector Matthews, Salmon arrived in Guyana June 21, 2019, via the CJIA and was granted six months’ stay.
However, on March 21, 2020, Salmon was nabbed by police at the Itaballi Landing with a plastic bag which contained three zip-lock parcels of cannabis.
Salmon was then arrested and escorted to the Bartica Police Station where police, after checking the defendant, found that he had overstayed in Guyana for almost three months.
In court, the unrepresented man told the court that he had no interest in staying in Guyana and was making arrangements to travel to Suriname.
However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Guyana-Suriname border had closed and he was left stranded.
The Chief Magistrate, however, remanded Salmon to prison and transferred the case to the Bartica Magistrate’s Court for April 16, 2020. He was discharged from the latter charge.