Twenty-four year old Jermaine Lowe pleaded not guilty to the charge of allegedly being in possession of 15.308 kilos of cocaine on January 17 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri.
The case has been transferred the Providence Magistrates’ Court on January 28
Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Oswald Massiah told the court, presided over by Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, that the accused had planned to take the cocaine to Guyana on January 7 but that arrangement fell through. The court was also told that one of Lowe’s associates in Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara had offered to pay his airfare to take the cocaine to the US.
Massiah said that it was while Lowe was attempting to get the narcotic through the CJIA on January 17 when security personnel spotted a suspicious object in Lowe’s suitcase.
During his four-year stay in Guyana, the court learnt that Lowe claimed that he had lost his American passport but only recently obtained a new one from the US embassy here.