One week ago, Prison Officers Cleveland Ross and Adul Parmasu were in charge of overlooking and keeping an eye on prisoners, today they found themselves chained to the feet and handcuffed as they were remanded to jail after charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
The two appeared in Court today just days after they were busted in a vehicle with just over a pound of compressed marijuana. The Attorney for the two men told the Court that his clients were never actually found with the marijuana but rather it was in the vehicle that they were in along with other people.
But the Police Prosecutor objected to bail and told the Court that the marijuana was found in the possession of the two men. He said one of the men even admitted during questioning by investigators that he had been paid money by a private citizen to take the marijuana into the jailhouse.
The Magistrate refused bail after listening to the arguments and ordered the men to be back in Court on the 8th June when the matter will continue.
In a release over the weekend, the Guyana Prison Service stated that it received information that the two men were seen collecting a bag from an unidentified person at the Georgetown Hospital, where the two were on duty.
The Prison Service called in the Police and launched an operation which tracked the two men down in the vehicle. A search was carried out and after the two packages of marijuana was found, the two prison officers were immediately arrested and charged.