Guyanese retiree fined in Gre­nada over co­caine in wheelchair

Stabroek News Sunday - - BUSINESS PAGE -

Han­iff Bac­chus, the 70-year-old Guyanese na­tional who was caught with a quan­tity of co­caine hid­den in his mo­torised wheelchair at the Mau­rice Bishop In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Gre­nada ear­lier this month, was fined EC$50,000 last Thurs­day for traf­fick­ing the drug.

If Bac­chus, a re­tired con­struc­tion worker, is un­able to pay the fine, he has been or­dered to spend the next three years be­hind bars.

Bac­chus was charged on May 7th with al­legedly hav­ing 2.5 kilo­grammes of co­caine in his pos­ses­sion.

He was de­nied bail and re­manded to the Rich­mond Hill Prison.

How­ever, when he reap­peared in the St. Ge­orge’s No.1 Mag­is­trate’s Court be­fore Chief Mag­is­trate Tamara Gill on May 18th, he pleaded guilty to the of­fence of pos­ses­sion of co­caine for traf­fick­ing.

The Gre­na­dian po­lice had re­ported that Bac­chus was an out­go­ing pas­sen­ger at the Mau­rice Bishop In­ter­na­tional Air­port on May 5th when a search was con­ducted on his mo­torised wheelchair and the drugs were found hid­den un­der the chair seat.

He was im­me­di­ately taken into cus­tody.

At the time, Bac­chus was wait­ing to board an Air Canada flight des­tined for Toronto, Canada.

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