Items recovered from drug canoe, May 21, 2020

(CNS): Georgetown’s Dencle Vic Barnes, 52, was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison for smuggling two pistols and 70 pounds of cannabis earlier this year. Burns initially tried to dismiss the case because his human rights were violated, but failed. The accusations against Burns were largely based on evidence given by his conspirator Andrew Beckford, a Jamaican citizen.

As a result of Beckford’s evidence, Burns was charged with possession of semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, ammunition, and cannabis. All of this was recovered from a Jamaican-style canoe in the Spots Beach area off Shamrock Road. During the operation on May 21, 2020.

Beckford, 42, was arrested near Spots Beach hours after police encountered the boat. However, until Beckford was indicted and faced a trial, he nominated Burns as a conspirator and agreed to testify to him.

Burns was subsequently charged with smuggling. The indictment was upheld and the case was brought to justice after a judicial review in which Burns alleged that the prosecutor’s chief had colluded with Beckford to nominate him as a conspirator and violated his human rights.

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