Three members of a North Ruimveldt family found themselves appearing before Principal Magistrate, Judy Latchman today, facing marijuana possession charges.
The father, mother and daughter were marched into the Courtroom this afternoon and all pleaded not guilty to being in possession of over 90 pounds of marijuana at their North Ruimveldt home.
The three, 64-year-old Keith Baker, his wife, 56-year-old, Cheryl Baker and their daughter 25-year-old, Loretta Chisholm were all remanded to jail after the charges were read to them.
The three were first charged for all being in possession of the more than 90 pounds of marijuana, then separate charges were read to the mother and daughter for smaller amounts.
The marijuana was found in a number of parcels stashed in barrels and a haversack. A search of the family’s house was carried out by the Police Narcotics Branch after it received a tip-off that the family was involved in marijuana trafficking.
Attorney-at-law, Dexter Todd, who is representing the interest of the family members, told the Court that he is disappointed with the way the Police conducted its investigations.
He said although a fourth suspect, who is also a family member, has claimed ownership of the marijuana, the Police still moved ahead with charges against the others.
That fourth suspect, who is a son of the couple, is expected in Court soon.
The three family members who appeared in Court today were all remanded to jail until October 1st.