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Woman pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking; husband refused bail

A 21-year old mother of two young children on Monday pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine, while seeking to shield her husband from blame.

He was remanded to prison until July 25, 2016, despite a strong request for bail by their lawyer.

Angelica Forde has to return to court on Tuesday for sentencing after a certificate of value of the cocaine is submitted to the court.

Preliminary, the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor said the more than three kilogrammes of cocaine was valued at GYD $8.280 million.

In a move aimed at exonerating her husband, James Forde, she told the court that “I am really sorry. It’s my stuff. No one else was involved.”

He pleaded not guilty to inciting his wife between May 1, 2016 and June 15, 2016 to traffick in 3.4 kilogrammes of cocaine.

Defence Lawyer, Lloyd Conway told the court that Angelica was remorseful, did not waste the court’s time,she has eight CXC subjects, is the mother of two children- one year and three years old- and if she is given a reasonable sentence  she could return to society.

Angelica was caught on May 15, 2016 by CANU agents while she was an outgoing passengee at the Eugene F. Correia (formerly Ogle) International Airport. She was on her way to Barbados and then to the United States.

The CANU prosecutor told the court that an anti-drug agent saw the woman’s apparel fitting her in an unusual manner.
She was taken to a search room where it was found that she had strapped to her body a black body strap beneath which were some packets containing a white substance suspected to be cocaine.

With regards to James Forde, the defence lawyer said he is a taxi driver, a father of two, has been living at 100 B Mora Street, Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara, and that his wife said he had nothing to do with her possession of the cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

  • Emile_Mervin

    After years of drugs busts, it is obvious that some folks insist on taking the risks in pursuit of the rewards.

    I am reading elsewhere today that the death penalty is not a deterrent for taking another person’s life, so there should be no death penalty. Will there ever cime a point in time when the authorities stop and say that jailing drug smugglers is not a deterrent?

    For consumers of drugs in northern climes, it is all about getting sensational high. For smugglers of drugs in poor countries like Guyana, it is about getting out of socioeconomic poverty. I strongly believe this was how the PPP looked at the drug smuggling scourge: a Western problem with Third World benefits.

    Therefore, if the motivation to escape poverty or to experience a socioeconomic high is linked to drugs smuggling, then will sociologists one day concur that certain drug smugglers are prepared to risk facing criminal justice in pursuit of economic gain?

    • MEMES Unlimited

      I concur; the PPP may have, allegedly, turned a blind eye “conveniently” to allow enrichment of the society. How else can one explain the lack of convictions of the big fish released every time, when before the courts.

      • rudeo

        the PPP govt. was responsible for lack of convictions? pray explain that to me

  • Col123

    DEA…Dead entity already ???.. Are these dudes taking fried rice also?

  • Col123

    There are untold ills of addiction which underlies the use of illicit drugs… therefore, it should be illegal as it is a major public health and social issue . Governments are responsible to protect the welfare of the population ..the answer is simple.. contaminate the supply source.. infiltrate it with safe compounds which will make it useless and painful to consume…