A seventy-one-year-old Guyana national is expected to make his second appearance before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the George’s Magistrate Court next Friday on a drug trafficking charge.
The gentleman who goes by the name of Haniff Barchus was arrested by officers attached to the Immigration Department at the Maurice Bishop International Airport last Saturday, moments before he was due to board an international flight bound for Canada.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, this arrest followed the discovery of 3kilos of cocaine with a street value of just over $340,000.00 beneath the seat of the motorized wheelchair on which the man was being driven.
This newspaper also learned that Barchus who arrived in Grenada some two weeks prior to his arrest from England was simply in transit en route to Canada it was also said that during his short stay on the Spice Island Beach Resort, he was mainly confined to his wheelchair at his hotel in the south of the island.
During his first appearance in court last Tuesday, Barchus, represented by defence lawyer Derrick Sylvester was denied bail and remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison until his next court date on Friday, May 18th.
Meanwhile, Informer learned that while the matter could not get started on Tuesday as the court awaits full disclosure from the prosecution, there was an attempt from the defence to have Barchus not remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison due to health concerns. After some deliberation on the matter, the seventy-one-year-old was remanded and is expected to know his fate next Friday when he faces Chief Magistrate Tamera Gill.
Barchus was second Guyana national to be arrested on drug-related charges last week.
A 47-year-old Guyanese businessman was arrested last week when police intercepted the car in which he was travelling, during a routine patrol in the St George’s area.
The gentleman who goes by the name of Derrick Patterson made his first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill on Monday, on a charge of drug trafficking; defence lawyer Dashan Ramdanny represented him in court.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer Patterson’s arrest came following the discovery of some of 2 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $232, 000.00 hidden inside the vehicle in which he was travelling.
Having been denied bail, Patterson was remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison and is due to make his second court appearance on Tuesday, May 15th.