October 1, 2016

Essequibo mother remanded on drug charge

Amanda Spellen of Lot 14 Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, was Friday remanded for trafficking narcotics. Spellen made her appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.
It is alleged that on March 3, 2016 during a police drug campaign, Spellen sold 3 1/2 grams of cocaine to a Police Constable.
She denied the allegation, stating that the police wanted to frame her.
Police also stated that they photocopied the money that was paid for the drugs and when Spellen was approached she was found with the same money that corresponded to that of the police. She however said she received the money from two Indian boys she sold bag stings to. She told the court that she has a baby and she is presently unemployed.
Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack objected to bail on the grounds that there were no special reasons proffered.
When asked by Magistrate Scarce why she should be granted bail, the woman said she did not sell drugs and police never found any drugs at her home either. She told the court that she has to undergo a surgery and would need medical attention.
Bail was refused and the matter set for recall on April 12, 2016 at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.
Spellen’s family was dissatisfied with the court’s decision and immediately filed for bail at the High Court.

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