Jamaican Remanded in Guyana on Drug Charges

A Jamaican national has been remanded into custody after he appeared in court in Guyana on drug trafficking charges, forgery and overstaying in that country.

Police said that Alfred Wellington allegedly had 1.3-kilos of cocaine for trafficking in his possession on April 2.

The police also allege that between April 18, 2011 and April 2, 2016 he failed to comply with conditions of a permit and overstayed his permitted time in Guyana.

Wellington is also accused of conspiring with a person or persons unknown to forge a Guyanese driver’s license for himself.

Wellington’s Attorney Peter Hugh told the court that police found no drug on his client, but instead took him to a lower flat of the building where they showed him a bag containing the alleged narcotics.

Hugh told the court that Wellington did not accept ownership of the bag and its contents and that they were not found in his presence.

However, prosecutor, Inspector Neville Jeffers told the court that the cocaine was found in the presence of the accused and that he showed the officers where the narcotic was found.

Jeffers objected to bail on the grounds that the accused is a flight risk because he is not Guyanese.

Police have since held his passport.

Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan refused Wellington’s bail and remanded him to prison until April 25.