A couple was caught allegedly attempting to smuggle over 20 kilograms of cocaine through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) early yesterday morning.
Currently in police custody are Mahendra Ramsuchit and Guyana-born Canadian citizen, Robhina Basdeoram who is seven months pregnant. They were reportedly on the hunt for a third person, Kenneth Jones.
According to reports, Jones, former personal assistant to Junior Agriculture Minister Ali Baksh, presented a forged document from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Airport Duty Office indicating that he was carrying out protocol duties for Ramsuchit and Basdeoram, who claimed to be relatives of a government official.
Last evening Minister Baksh admitted to knowing Jones. He said that he knew the man as Kenrick. Jones worked for him but left a few months ago.
He claimed that he was authorized to use the VIP lounge. Reports are that Ramsuchit and Basdeoram were scheduled to depart from CJIA for Toronto, Canada via Fly Jamaica flight OJ 157.
The discovery was made at the scanning point. It was there that a rank from the Police Narcotics Branch spotted the “bricks” that were concealed in the bag.
Reports are that the cocaine was found in all four pieces of luggage that was being carried by the Guyanese national and Canadian citizen.
Enveloped parcels were found stitched neatly into two laptop bags. Police officials, in collaboration with CJIA, have detained the alleged smugglers to assist with investigations.
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