Police Detective Sergeant, Elfannando Newman of 1699 Plot B Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was on Wednesday charged by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for stealing a quantity of marijuana from the Timehri Police Station, EBD.
Sergeant Newman appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrates’ Courts where he was charged with larceny by public officer.
He pleaded not guilty and was granted $100,000 bail. The Policeman, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Siand Dhurjon, will return to court on July 8 for statements.
The charge against him states that between February 27, 2021 and March 1, 2021, at the Timehri Police Station, while being employed by the Guyana Police Force, he stole three large bulky parcels alleged to have 3, 122 grammes of cannabis, received or taken into possession by him by virtue of his employment.
As a result of a civil forfeiture investigation conducted by SOCU in September 2021, SOCU ranks went to the Timehri Police Station to conduct further investigations and it was revealed that a quantity of cannabis that should have been lodged by Sergeant Newman on February 27, 2021 was never lodged and was stolen.
The investigation revealed that February 27, 2021, the ranks stationed at the Highway Police Patrol Base searched a motor car that had three occupants inside; two males and a female, and found three large parcels of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis weighing between 45 to 50 pounds.
One of the males, who was the driver of the car, offered the rank who found the narcotics $2M in cash and three ounces of gold but the rank refused his offer.
The narcotic and suspects were escorted to Timehri Police Station and handed over to Sergeant Newman who weighed the narcotic and claimed that it was 3, 122 grams.
Sergeant Newman, however, failed to lodge the narcotics that were handed over to him and is alleged to have stolen them.