Businessman remanded on ‘ganja’ trafficking charges
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A FORTY-seven-year-old businessman, who was allegedly nabbed by the police with nine pounds of cannabis and a sativa plant, was, on Tuesday, remanded to prison on two narcotics charges.
Ryan Joseph called “Decky” appeared before Magistrate Crystal Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court and plead not guilty to the offences.
Particulars of the charge alleged that Joseph, on January 3, at his lot 249 Crane, West Coast Demerara house, had 4,236 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking. The second charge alleged that Joseph cultivated a prohibited plant.
Magistrate Lambert remanded Joseph to prison until January 25.

The Guyana Chronicle had reported that on the day in question police raided Joseph’s home and a garbage bag in a barrel in the lower flat.
Three bulky transparent plastic parcels which had leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were in the garbage bag.
According to the police, under caution, Joseph said: “Is me weed, don’t involve me family.”
A further search was carried out on premises and a white container with a cannabis sativa plant, about two and a half feet in height, growing inside, was found in the yard. The police said Joseph again admitted ownership and asked for his family not to be implicated.
He and his wife were both arrested and escorted to the La Parfaite Harmonie Police Station, West Bank of Demerara. However, his wife was released, and Joseph was charged.

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