Selwyn Barker, a 28-year-old miner of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, was arrested Monday after being busted with marijuana in his bag at the Bamia checkpoint in Region 10.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) reported that a Route 72 motor bus with eight passengers heading to Madhia was stopped at about 13:30 at the checkpoint.
The ranks told the driver and the passengers to exit the bus with their belongings, to which they complied, except for Barker.
The Police claimed that Barker left the bus without his belongings and ran to the eastern side of the highway, claiming that he wanted to urinate.
The other passengers were searched, but nothing illegal was found. The ranks then searched the bus’s interior and found a bag on the floor in front of the third seat where Barker was seated.
By then, Barker had returned to the bus and denied that the bag was his. However, the driver immediately informed the Police that Barker had entered the bus with the bag.
The bag was opened in Barker’s presence, and Police found a quantity of marijuana inside. He was told of the offence committed and cautioned but remained silent.
He was arrested and escorted to the Mackenzie Police Station, along with the marijuana, which amounted to 1,360.8 grams.
Crime sleuths said that investigators further questioned Barker, and he verbally admitted to ownership of the bag. He was placed in custody pending charges.