Two men who are no strangers to the courts were on Friday charged and remanded to prison for the offence of trafficking narcotics. Those charged are 49-year-old Ron Reid and 45-year-old Nigel Dundas. The duo appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
They both denied the charge which stated that on March 2, 2022, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, they had 1.084 kilogrammes of cocaine in their possession for the purpose of trafficking. They were both remanded to prison until April 18.
The prosecution’s case is that Custom Anti-Narcotic (CANU) ranks conducted a search operation at a residence in the West Ruimveldt “Front Road” where Reid and Dundas were caught wrapping pellets of suspected cocaine.
They were both arrested and escorted to CANU’s Headquarters with the suspected narcotics, which tested positive for cocaine. The 100 + pellets amounted to 1.084 kilogrammes and have a street value of approximately GY$1,200,000.
CANU noted that the illicit drug would carry a much higher price overseas. The court also heard that in 2015, Reid along with his common-law wife was arrested with 70 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
It is unclear what was the outcome of the matter. And then in 2017, Reid’s associate Julius Watkins was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with 114 cocaine pellets that he had ingested. Watkins subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison.