A 29-year-old fishmonger living in Paramaribo, Suriname on Wednesday was detained in prison for allegedly trading narcotics. Daryck Christopher pleaded not guilty to two charges when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It is alleged that on April 3, 2021, in Rosemary Lane, Tiger Bay, Georgetown, he was in possession of 10 grams of cocaine for human trafficking purposes. It was further alleged that, on the same day at the same location, he was in possession of 140 grams of cannabis for human trafficking purposes. His Attorney, Darren Wade, in a bail application, told the court that his client was visiting his father when the Police arrested him. Wade claimed that his client had been arrested without being properly questioned. The Police Prosecutor objected to Christopher being released on bail, stating that no special circumstances as required by the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act were presented by his lawyer. The Prosecutor also told the court that the defendant has not given the Police a fixed home address. According to the facts presented by the Police Prosecutor, on the day in question, Police ran to a flat in Tiger Bay, Georgetown, where they found Christopher sitting on a bed holding a bag containing several leaves, seeds, and suspected stems to be cannabis sativa and a white substance suspected to be cocaine. The Prosecutor said the man was alerted to the crime and arrested. After hearing submissions made by the defense and prosecution, the Chief Magistrate remanded the alleged drug trafficker to prison until April 21, 2021. Meanwhile, in another case, 47-year-old Nicola Clarke was released on $ 15,000 bail after a charge of ganja trafficking was denied. The plantain chip seller, who lives in Houston’s De 57era East Bank (EBD) Lot 57 Housing Plan, is accused of possessing 51 grams of cannabis for trading purposes on April 3. She also appeared before Chief Magistrate McLennan. In this case, a Police Prosecutor said that when Police ranks found the illegal drug under Clarke’s bed, she was the only person at home during the search. The female defendant will make another court appearance on May 12 at Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. (G1)