Ranks from the Ituni Police Station have detained a 58-year-old Berbice farmer after he was nabbed at a roadblock with more than 2000 grams of marijuana.
During a stop-and-search exercise on Friday in front of the Ituni Police Station, a 212 motor car bearing registration number PZZ 7500, driven by a 34-year-old electrician with three passengers, was stopped.
One of the passengers, Compton Joseph Allicock, a 58-year-old farmer of Unamco Junction, Upper Berbice River, was seated in front with a pink haversack on the floor of the car.
A Police rank at the roadblock told the driver and passengers that he would like to search their person and belongings, to which they agreed.
When the rank searched Allicock, a bulky black plastic bag containing leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis was found stashed in the crotch of his pants.
The rank also searched the haversack belonging to Allicock, which had a quantity of cassava. Among the cassava were four bulky black plastic parcels and one blue plastic parcel. The parcels contained a number of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis.
Allicock was told of the offence committed and cautioned. He reportedly told the rank, “Officer, I was taking this thing (marijuana) to make a fine hustle because things lil hard."
He was arrested and escorted to the Ituni Police Station, where the suspected cannabis was weighed in his presence and amounted to 2,041 grams. The farmer is in custody pending further investigation.