TWO CLOTHES vendors who were allegedly busted with over two pounds of cocaine were yesterday refused bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Thirty-one-year-old Shemroy Robertson of 101 Mandela Avenue, and Odinga Chase, 29, of 169 East Ruimveldt, Georgetown were not required to plead to the indictable charge of trafficking in cocaine. Particulars of the charge stated that on Friday, January 15, at Princes Street, Georgetown, they had in their possession 1.15 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
The duo was represented by Attorney-at-law Mark Conway, who requested that both defendants be released on bail since they had fixed places of abode and neither posed a flight risk.
Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Ms Kunyo Sandyford-Thompson strongly opposed bail. She said that such an offence required special reason in order for bail to be granted.
Additionally, the Prosecutor noted that the investigators were unsure of the address given by Robertson, since there were witnesses available who could testify that Robertson never lived at the address he gave to the police.
The CANU prosecutor also informed the court that, in the latter part of 2015, persons arrested at JKF Airport had given signed statements that their facilitator was Robertson.
The men were refused bail and were remanded to prison whilst the matter was adjourned to February 15.