Ranks from the Ituni Police Station have detained a 58-year-old Berbice farmer after he was nabbed at a roadblock with more than 2,000 grams of cannabis (marijuana).
At around, 18:25h on Friday, the ranks were conducting a ‘stop and search’ exercise in front of the Ituni Police Station where they stopped a white Toyota 212 motor car bearing registration #PZZ 7500, driven by a 34-year-old electrician of Airy Hall Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.
There were three other passengers in the vehicle at the time.
One of them, Compton Joseph Allicock, 58, of Unamco Junction, Upper Berbice River, was seated in front passenger seat with a pink haversack on the floor of the car between his feet.
A Police rank then told the driver and passengers that he would like to search their person and belongings, to which they agreed.
When the rank searched Allicock, he found a bulky black plastic bag containing a quantity of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis stashed in the crotch of his pants.
The ranks also searched the haversack belonging to Allicock, which had a quantity of cassava. Among the cassava were four bulky black plastic parcels and one blue plastic parcel.
The parcels contained a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.
Allicock was told of the offence committed and cautioned.
He then admitted, under caution, saying: “Officer, I was taking this thing [marijuana] to make a fine hussle because things lil hard.”
He was arrested and escorted into the Ituni Police Station, where the suspected cannabis was weighed in his presence and amounted to just over 2,041 grams.
While nothing of evidential value was found on the driver and the other two passengers, Police ranks took statements from them, and they were allowed to go.
Allicock is in custody pending further investigation.