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Woman attempted to take cannabis into Westgate, court told

A Pembroke woman has been charged with possession of cannabis while visiting the Westgate Correctional Facility.

Tekania Swan, 37, pleaded not guilty to taking the drug into the prison on March 9 after an initial guilty plea.

In Magistrates' Court this morning, prosecutor Loxyl Ricketts said corrections officers were alerted by a small white wrapping coming out from the top of Ms Swan's sock as she went into Westgate.

She told the officers she thought it contained money. Instead, it was later found to be cannabis.

She was arrested for suspicion of drug possession.

Police analysis at Hamilton Police Station determined that the substance was around 0.33 grams of cannabis.

Ms Swan claimed that she was not trying to smuggle the drug into the prison and that it was meant for her personal use. She said she was on her way to Westgate when she was given the cannabis from a friend.

A trial date was set for October 22 with a mention on September 3.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner released the defendant on $5,000 bail with one surety.

• A St. David's woman was charged with affray when she appeared in Magistrates' Court today.

Stacey Smith, 20, took part in a fight on Front Street on June 18, according to Mr Ricketts.

She pleaded not guilty. Mr Warner set a trial date of July 9 and the defendant was released on $1,000 bail.

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Published July 02, 2014 at 1:58 pm (Updated July 02, 2014 at 1:59 pm)

Woman attempted to take cannabis into Westgate, court told

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