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Welder remanded over cannabis



Akeem Archer who was recently nabbed by the

Customs Anti-Narcotic

Unit (CANU) was yesterday remanded to prison when he made his appearance before

Principal Magistrate

Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus in the Georgetown

Magistrate’s Court.

The charge against

Archer, who is a welder of Zeelugt Housing

Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) stated that on March 16th at Lombard Street, Charlestow­n, Georgetown, he had in his possession 2.332 Kilograms (Kg) of cannabis for the purpose of traffickin­g. During the court proceeding­s yesterday, CANU Prosecutor Dominic Bess told the court that at about 16:30hrs last Thursday CANU ranks acting on intelligen­ce went to Lombard Street where they saw the defendant entering the eastern side of a yard with a black and yellow haversack.

The ranks approached Archer and told him of their suspicion. A search was conducted on the said bag and a black plastic bag containing leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis was found. Archer and the suspected item were escorted to CANU Headquarte­rs where a field test was done and the narcotics tested positive for cannabis, the substance weighed a total of 2.332 kg or 5 pounds with a street value of $400,000.

Additional­ly, Prosecutor Bess told the court that when the accused was questioned, he told investigat­ors that he was contacted by a man who gave him the bag and told him to take it to a car wash on Lombard Street with which he complied. However, Archer denied the charges and begged for bail. Archer informed the court that he is the sole breadwinne­r for a family of four children and his common-law wife who is also 6 months pregnant.

However, Principal Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus denied bail based on the prevalence and seriousnes­s of the matter and also that Archer had previously served three-year behind bars and was released only in 2019. He was remanded to prison and the matter was adjourned until April 24th when disclosure is expected to be made.

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