The two Berbice men, Suraj Singh and Mourice Vansluytman who were arrested earlier this week with 277 pounds of marijuana in their possession were charged and remanded to prison today.
The two appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore at the No. 51 Magistrates’ Court in Berbice.
The both pleaded not guilty to the drug possession charge and were immediately remanded until the 21st October when the matter is expected to be called again.
In an operation on Tuesday, CANU agents arrested the two men as they traversed the Manarabisi canal in Corentyne in a speed boat with the marijuana.
In a statement, CANU said the marijuana was discovered in several parcels and agents also found a shotgun with sixteen live cartridges.
The agents arrested the suspects 30-year-old Suraj Singh of #72 Village Corentyne and 55-year-old Mourice Vansluytman of #70 Village, Corentyne.
CANU said the operation formed part of its efforts to reduce the flow of narcotics being trafficked out of the Berbice river district to Suriname.
According to the agency, the officers carried out surveillance activities in several main drainage canals in the Corentyne district, which lasted for a period of two (2) days.