A housewife with previous criminal matters was on Monday denied bail while her co-accused was granted $75,000 bail on a marijuana trafficking charge.
Alana Charles, 41, of Dow Village, South Oropouche, and Junior Paul, 34, a labourer, of Fyzabad, who were arrested on Tuesday, appeared in the Siparia Magistrates Court charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Charles pleaded not guilty while Paul pleaded guilty.
However, First Court Senior Magistrate Margaret Alert entered a not guilty plea after Paul disagreed with the facts read by prosecutor Sgt Sheldon Salazar.
It is alleged that officers of the South Western Divisional Task Force (SWDTF), led by Cpls George and Singh, searched a silver Nissan Note which was parked along the Southern Main Road in South Oropouche.
It is alleged that the police found 1.495 kilograms of marijuana, packed in a Christmas gift bag in the vehicle. The officers seized the drugs and arrested Paul and Charles who were the alleged occupants. They were charged by PC Alexis of the SWDTF.
The drugs have an estimated street value of $14,950. The prosecutor objected to bail for Charles because she had three previous convictions and two pending matters for similar offences. Paul was granted bail with the approval of the clerk of the peace. They are both expected to reappear in court on December 5.