Driver/passenger remanded for trafficking $12.5M worth in marijuana

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Remanded to prison: Emmanuel Luther and Demarqis Henry

A driver and a passenger who were recently arrested after Police found $12.5M worth of marijuana in a motorcar in which they were travelling, were on Thursday charged. 

Emmanuel Luther, 23, a taxi driver of 41 Stanleytown, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), and 23-year-old Demarqis Henry, 23, a welder, of 858 Fort Ordinance, Region Six appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court. 

The duo denied the charge which stated that on December 5, 2021, at Weldaad Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB), they had 134,000 kilogrammes of cannabis sativa in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Both men were remanded to prison until December 12, 2021, when they will make their next court appearance at the Weldaad Magistrate’s Court.

Facts presented by the court prosecutor stated that on the day in question, at about 16:30 hours, Police ranks conducted a roadblock at Weldaad Public Road, WCB where they intercepted motorcar PYY 9885 which was occupied by the two men.

The male passenger immediately exited the motorcar and started to walk away. As a result, he was apprehended and searched but nothing illegal was found on his person.   The same routine was performed on the driver which unearthed nothing illegal.

A search was then carried out on the motorcar and seven bulky parcels containing a quantity of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis sativa were found. 

The Police brought this to the attention of the driver who admitted that the suspected cannabis belonged to him. He was told of the offence, cautioned, and arrested. He told the Police that he was hired by the passenger.

The suspected cannabis and motorcar along with the driver and passenger were taken to the Police station. Police said that the illicit drug has a street value of $12.5 million.

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