Woman caught smuggling ganja into Lusignan Prison fined, to do community service

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A 20-year-old was on Tuesday sentenced to pay a fine of $39,200 along with six months of community service after pleading guilty to two narco-trafficking charges. 

Monique Caesar of Cummings Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court. 

The first charge stated that on November 1, 2021, at Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, she had 22 grammes of marijuana in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.

It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, she placed the said marijuana in a quantity of blue soaps- an offence which is contrary to Section 54 (1) (a) of the Prison Act Chapter 11:01. 

Caesar pleaded guilty to both charges after they were read to her. 

The Police prosecutor told the court that on the day in question, Caesar went to the Lusignan Prison to take items for an inmate. On arrival there, a search was conducted on a bag she was carrying which contained blue soaps.

Upon examining the soap, eight plastic parcels containing marijuana were found hidden inside the soap. 

She was told of the allegation, cautioned, arrested, and taken to the Vigilance Police Station. On the drug trafficking charge, Caesar was sentenced to pay a fine of $13,200 along with six months of community service. On the other charge, she was sentenced to pay a fine of $26,000 or in default serve one-month imprisonment.

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