A 23-year-old man, who pleaded not guilty to trafficking cannabis and cultivating the prohibited plant, was, on Monday, remanded to prison by Magistrate Fabayo Azore.
Shafeer Sanichar appeared before the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court charged with the two offences which were allegedly committed on December 3, 2021, at St. Cuthbert’s Mission on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
He was remanded to prison until January 11, and the case was transferred to the Mahaica Magistrate’s Court.
In court, Sanichar, who had no legal representation, told Magistrate Azore that he was beaten by ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).
While showing his injuries to the magistrate, the accused said that, on the day in question, he was at his farm at St. Cuthbert’s Mission, when he was picked up by CANU ranks and taken into the backdam to an alleged cannabis farm.
He further alleged that he was beaten on his chest and abdomen by the ranks until he was unconscious. He claimed that he was also beaten on his buttocks.
According to his medical certificate, Sanichar had abrasions on both of his wrists along with multiple superficial abrasions to his abdomen and hematoma to his left gluteal region. These injuries, however, were not life-threatening.
In a press release, CANU said that ranks, acting on intelligence received, conducted a narcotics operation during which they discovered a camp located on 2.5-acres of land with a total of 3,000 cannabis plants, ranging from 3 to 6 feet in height along with processed cannabis, and a quantity of seeds.
Sanichar was allegedly discovered under a makeshift tent processing cannabis plants in one of the fields.