$205,000 bail for 3 women on ganja charges

Three women were granted a total of $205,000 bail after they appeared yesterday in the San Fernando Magistrates Court charged with marijuana possession.

Friends Raquel Williams, 35, and Kathleen Joseph, 55, a mother of five, are charged jointly with possession of 310 grammes of marijuana.

It is alleged officers executed a search warrant for illegal arms and ammunition at Williams’ home at Bayshore, Marabella on Saturday.

Police claimed they found a plastic bowl containing 94 small packets of marijuana and a black bag which also contained the illegal herb, on top of a table in the living room.

Williams initially pleaded guilty but after the facts were read she disputed the quantum of drugs which the police alleged was found in her house. She changed her plea to not guilty while Joseph also pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan did not object to bail. Asking for reasonable bail, attorney Ainsley Lucky said Joseph, a sales representative, took care of her ageing mother and had one previous conviction of unlawful possession in 2013.

Williams, he said, is unemployed and has a pending matter for larceny.

First Court Magistrate Alicia Chankar granted each of them $100,000 bail with the clerk of the peace approval.

They have to return to court on August 6.

In the same court, Joanne Mars pleaded not guilty to marijuana possession but guilty to possession of a marijuana device known as a grinder.

Seedan said PC Matloo and other officers executed a search warrant for arms and ammunition at her Pond Street, La Romaine home around 6.30 am on Saturday.

The device was found on top of a shelf in the living room. The police alleged that 3.4 grammes of marijuana were also found but Mars denied that allegation.

Mars claimed a friend left the grinder at her home. She was given a week to pay a $1,000 fine.

Mars was granted $5,000 own bail on the marijuana matter which was adjourned to August 6.

Source: www.guardian.co.tt (Sascha Wilson)

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