A teenager accused of trying to smuggle drugs into prison earlier this week celebrated his 18th birthday on the date of his arraignment.
The boy’s relatives sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him on Friday afternoon, as officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit escorted him to the Magistrate’s Court Complex from the Nassau Street Police Station.
Though now an adult, the teen’s face was covered and his name cannot be published since the offense was allegedly committed as a juvenile.
The teen, of Fleming Street, and 24-year-old Shefara Lewis, of Coconut Grove, appeared before Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain on charges of drug possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply in relation to the seizure of an ounce of marijuana at the intake section of the prison on October 17.
According to initial police reports, prison staff detained a woman after drugs were found in a plate of food intended for a remanded inmate.
On the date of her arrest, Lewis was due to appear before Magistrate Ambrose Armbrister for trial on an unrelated charge, The Nassau Guardian has learned.
Lewis held her head down as she was escorted into court and eventually broke down in tears.
They both pleaded not guilty to charges of drug possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply.
The teen also faced an additional charge of drug possession regarding the seizure of one gram of marijuana on October 18.
Swain remanded the pair to prison as she lacks jurisdiction to grant bail.
The matter was adjourned to October 23 at the request of their lawyer Ian Cargill, who suggested that they might plead guilty at that time.