Siblings slapped with trafficking charge

first_imgCocaine in frozen fishA man and his sister were on Monday remanded to prison when they appeared at the Georgetown MagistratesLazena Imrazie’ Courts to answer a charge of trafficking in narcotics following the discovery of over 9.044 kilograms (18 pounds) of cocaine in frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) last week.Shafur Ali, 27, of Lot 27 La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara and Lazena Imrazie, 22, of Lot 8 Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, are accused of having the cocaine in their possession on June 8, 2016 for the purpose of trafficking.According to reports, ranks from the Police Narcotic Branch intercepted the cocaine in a cargo shipment of frozen fish at the CJIA. It was revealed that the two defendants had declared 33 boxes of fish to be exported. Routine checks were done on the cargo by the ranks and the cocaine was found concealed inside the seafood.The siblings were represented by Attorneys Bernard DaSilva and Peter Hugh before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.According to the Attorneys, in their submissions to the Court, both defendants had no knowledge or possession of the prohibited drug.Hugh told the Court that Ali rented a fish plant that is operated by a third party and played no part in the processing of the fish.Both Attorneys requested that their clients be released on reasonable bail, since Police have no evidenceShafur Aliagainst them. Hugh pleaded with Magistrate McLennan to consider bail for the duo, citing the fact that the Police file was still incomplete and no indications were given to the Court as to when the file would be completed.Hugh added that Imrazie was merely clearing a package on the day in question. DaSilva also pleaded for bail to be granted to Imrazie, since she had not signed any declaration form associated with the shipment.However, Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones strongly objected to bail for the duo. He pointed out that no special reasons were provided by the defence counsels for bail to be considered by the Court. Jones also said that Imrazie provided different addresses to the Police.He added that at the time of the woman’s arrest, she told Police she was residing at the same address as her brother. The Prosecutor stressed that there was a likelihood that Imrazie might not return to court for trial if released on bail.However, Attorney DaSilva explained that the housewife would frequently visit her brother’s house, but her matrimonial home was located at Goed Fortuin, where she resides with her husband and five-month-old baby.Prosecutor Jones indicated that investigations were still ongoing in relation to this matter. The Prosecutor’s submissions were upheld by the Chief Magistrate. The two were remanded. The case will continue on July 7.last_img read more


first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency is suing Irish Water and a local council claiming the public water supply in a Co Donegal town is not up to standard.Council to appear in court over Letterkenny’s water supply.The EPA is taking both Irish Water and Donegal County Council to court over the water supply for Letterkenny and its 19,000 residents.The agency first introduced a directive in August 2011 informing the council to take measures to improve its supply. An examination of the Letterkenny Regional Public Water Supply showed concerns for the treatment of the water supply.One of the areas of concern was for the treatment of Crytosporidium as well as excessive levels of trihalomethanes.The complaint from the EPA alleges that Donegal County Council “failed to comply with a Direction issued by the EPA under Regulation 10(4) of the European Communities (Drinking Water) (No. 2) Regulations 2007 in that they failed to implement the action programme approved by the EPA on 31 August 2011 for the improvement of the quality of water intended for human consumption from the Letterkenny Regional Public Supply to meet the parametric values specified in the said Regulations for trihalomethanes within the period specified by the EPA and provided for in the said Regulations.”However the council has failed to do so within a timeframe set down by the EPA. Now a court summons has been issued to both Donegal County Council and Irish Water to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Tuesday next.As Irish Water now holds the remit for drinking water, they too have been summoned to appear in court. COURT CASE OVER LETTERKENNY’S WATER SUPPLY SCHEDULED FOR NEXT TUESDAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDonegal County CouncilEnvironmental Protection AgencyIrish Waterlast_img read more