Guyanese remanded to prison for cocaine

A 71-year-old Guyanese national, who was caught trying to depart the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) with 3 kilos of cocaine has been remanded to the Richmond Hill Prison by Chief Magistrate Her Honour, Tamara Gill.

Haniff Bacchus as he made his way out of the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court accompanied by a police escort

Haniff Bacchus, of Georgetown, Guyana appeared at the St. George’s No. 1 Magistrate’s Court on a charge of Trafficking of a Controlled Drug when the Chief Magistrate denied a request made by his attorney, Derick Sylvester for bail to be granted to him.

The accused who is a retired construction worker has restricted mobility and uses a wheelchair to navigate around.

THE NEW TODAY understands that Bacchus was apprehended at MBIA after a search of his wheel chair revealed 3 packages containing the illegal drug hidden in the cushion seat.

According to a well-placed source, the Guyanese national arrived in Grenada a few weeks ago from England and was preparing to depart on board an Air Canada flight number AC1733 when he was arrested for drug possession.

Attorney Sylvester asked the court to grant bail to the drug accused based on his age and health conditions, which was not publicly revealed in court.

However, the Police Prosecution team strongly objected to bail given the seriousness of the offence and the fact that the drug accused is not a Grenadian national.

After hearing the arguments put forward by both sides, the Chief Magistrate took a decision to remand the 71-year-old man to the Richmond Hill prison until his next court date on May 18.

This newspaper understands that the 3 kilos of cocaine carry a street value of approximately $300, 000.00.

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