Jamaican couple on drug charges in Guyana


May 18, 2016

A Jamaican couple caught smuggling over 15 pounds of ganja in Guyana was remanded in custody until May 30 when they appeared in a Guyanese resident magistrate court earlier this week.

According to Guyana's Starbroke News, Benjamin Carrington, 29, and Dian Patterson, 22, both of Papine, St Andrew, pleaded not guilty to possession of narcotics for trafficking.

Reports are that on May 12, at about 4:15 p.m., Guyanese police were conducting searches on passengers who had intended to travel to Suriname via the backtrack route, when Carrington presented his suitcase, a false compartment was discovered.

When searched, six parcels containing what appeared to be ganja were found. It weighed 15.8 pounds. Both Carrington and his girlfriend, Patterson, were informed of the offence and charged.

However, Patterson reportedly denied having any knowledge of her boyfriend's business dealings, and said she was worried about her parents finding out about her fate in Guyana.

The two are to reappear before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh at Guyana's Springlands Magistrate's Court in a little over a week.

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