MAGISTRATE Ann McLennan, on Thursday December 5, 2019, sentenced a 35-year-old man to four years in prison and fined him $27.6M for trafficking a large quantity of marijuana.
Jairam Lallman of Fort Ordnance, Housing Scheme, East Canje Berbice, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Particulars of the charge stated that, on December 2, 2019, at Mandela Avenue, behind the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, he (Lallman) had, in his possession, 46 kilograms 59 grams of cannabis, for the purpose of trafficking.
Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Narissa Leander, told the court that, on the day in question, at around 20:25 hours, CANU ranks, acting on information, intercepted motor car PFF 3516 which was driven by Lallman. A search was conducted and ranks found a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be narcotics, in the truck of the car.
Leander stated that Lallman was then taken to the station, where he was later arrested and charged, and, while in custody, Lallman gave an oral and written statement detailing how he came to be in possession of the drugs.
The prosecutor added that Lallman indicated to the ranks that he borrowed his brother’s car after he received a call from his cousin, who is called ‘Truck’, and he proceeded to Abary.
While at the location, he met with two East Indian men who handed over the narcotics to him. He then returned to Georgetown where he met with his cousin. His cousin who was driving a white primeo told him to follow behind and it was then that CANU ranks intercepted his vehicle.
Magistrate McLennan, after listening to the prosecutor, sentenced Lallman to four years in prison and fined him $27.6M.