A Police Sergeant who is accused of stealing marijuana from the Timehri Police Station was on Wednesday released on $100,000 bail after being slapped with larceny by a public officer charge.
Elfannando Newman of Lot 1699 Plot B Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was hauled before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrate Court.
The Administration of Justice (AJA) Act was applied, and he pleaded not guilty. He was granted $100,000 bail, and the matter was adjourned to July 8. Attorney-at-Law Siand Dhurjon represented the accused.
The charge against Newman states that between February 27 - March 1, 2021, at Timehri Police Station, he stole three large bulky parcels of cannabis sativa under his employment.
An investigation conducted by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in September 2021 revealed that a quantity of cannabis that Newman should have lodged on February 27, 2021, was never done and was stolen.
According to SOCU, ranks stationed at the Highway Police Patrol Base intercepted a motor car with three occupants on February 27, 2021.
The investigation revealed that on February 27, 2021, the ranks stationed at the Highway Police Patrol Base searched a motor car with three occupants inside and found three large parcels of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be narcotics weighing about 45 to 50 pounds.
The driver of the car offered the rank who found the narcotics $2 million and three ounces of gold, but the officer refused his offer.
The narcotics and suspects were escorted to Timehri Police Station and were handed over to Sergeant Newman, who weighed the narcotic and claimed that it was 3122 grams.
Newman failed to lodge the narcotics handed over to him and is alleged to have stolen them.