Mar 20, 2016 News
Law enforcement agents have been working feverishly around the clock to prosecute drug traffickers.
They hope, one day, to halt what is widely believed to be one of the most profitable illicit economies.
Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) and Police Narcotic ranks have been able to apprehend a number of outgoing passengers who attempted to smuggle narcotics out of the country in some of the most ingenuous ways at the main Ports of Entry.
For this year, there have been several convictions resulting from these drug busts. There were other cases of persons being remanded to prison pending the outcome of a trial.
Last Sunday, ranks from the Police Narcotics Unit on duty at the Ogle International Airport, East Coast Demerara, arrested a Guyanese national, who was an outgoing passenger with 17 kilograms, 572 grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana) in his luggage.
The most recent case was that of 41-year-old Sadeeka Odie of 187 Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown. Odie was jailed for four years, two Mondays ago, in the Providence Magistrate’s Court for attempting to traffic 9.27 kilograms of cocaine in achar to the USA via the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Timehri.
Also on that same day, Surinamese national 21-year-old Damario Cheslie was jailed for three years, after admitting to having a parcel with cocaine concealed inside a condom in her vagina.
Cheslie had also ingested 42 pellets containing cocaine. They all amounted to 526 grams.
She was busted with the cocaine on May 17, 2015 at the Ogle International Airport. At the time she was an outgoing passenger on a LIAT flight destined for Barbados.
In another case, on February 2, a former Special Constable was jailed for 60 months by a City Magistrate after he was found guilty of conspiring to traffic cocaine in rum bottles at the CJIA.
Jermaine Bristol, 31, of Lot 2034 Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown was paid to pass a quantity of cocaine concealed in rum to an American citizen, who was an outgoing passenger destined for JFK Airport, USA on November 17, 2014.
The citizen was later busted with the drug at JKF.
The following day, Kwame Cumberbatch, a former national cyclist was jailed for a total of seven years and ordered to pay a fine of $2,137,000 after admitting to having cocaine in his underwear at the Ogle International Airport.
Cumberbatch, 26, of 54 Cummings Street, Lodge, Georgetown had planned to traffic the drug to Barbados and even ingested 16 pellets of cocaine.
He appeared before two Magistrates at different courts and pleaded guilty to two charges which stated that he had a total of 712 grams of cocaine in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Court facts revealed that Cumberbatch was an outgoing passenger at the Ogle International Airport.
He had checked in to travel on LIAT Flight #LI306 destined for Trinidad and Tobago en route to Barbados.
Ranks from the Narcotics Branch stationed at the airport conducted routine searches on Cumberbatch and found 46 pellet-shaped parcels wrapped in transparent plastic in his underwear. He had also confessed to swallowing 16 pellets containing cocaine.
On February 19, three Immigration Officers and a female security guard attached to the CJIA Timehri were remanded to prison after cocaine was unearthed in the baggage hold of a Dynamic Airways flight at the John F. Kennedy Airport.
Oral David, 29, of Lot 401 Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara; Orin Harris, 24, of Lot TN 74 Timehri; Raduskie Wright, 24, of Lot 271 #77 New Housing Scheme, Corentyne Berbice and security guard Dian Jackson, 29, of Lot 1717 Soesdyke pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiring to traffic narcotics read to them by the Chief Magistrate.
According to reports, a package of cocaine was unearthed in the baggage hold of the flight after it landed at JFK, New York on February 2. Reports are that the cocaine was placed in the baggage hold by a local handler and was unearthed by a handling staff while clearing luggage from the aircraft.
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