Four men from East Coast Demerara are to be placed before the courts following the shooting of two Customs officers during an anti-smuggling operation last week.
According to the Guyana Revenue Authority, its officers with the assistance of the Guyana Police Force, apprehended four persons in connection with the shooting of two Law Enforcement and Investigation (LEID) Officers at Beehive, East Coast Demerara.
The persons arrested are Ravindra Ramdeo of Lot 217 Section D Non Pareil, East Coat Demerara; Stephon Motielal and Trevor Motielal of Lot 30 Greenfield Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara and Andrew Motielal of Lot 11–12 Helena, Mahaica.
The last three appeared to be related.
GRA explained, in its statement yesterday, that on Thursday, June 7, 2018, three LEID officers were the target of gunfire during an anti-smuggling operation in Bee Hive, East Cost Demerara.
“Two of the officers sustained injuries and were subsequently treated at a private hospital. The perpetrators are expected to appear in court shortly to answer to a number of charges.”
GRA Head, Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia, said over the weekend that he is taking the matter seriously as the staffers were carrying out their duties.
Stretches of the East Coast Demerara and Corentyne, Berbice are known for its easy landing by smugglers.
Over the years, smuggling activities, aid by the blind eye of some Customs officers, reached new heights with foodstuff, car parts, chicken and alcohol and even television sets, among hot demands.
However, GRA has been carrying out more intelligence-driven stakeouts, seizing huge quantities of chicken and alcohol in recent times.
In the case of Bee Hive, it was reported that LEID officials received word of a boat landing on the East Coast of Demerara.
They visited a home where the men in a car opened fire on the GRA officers.
Two of the Officers received wounds from shotgun pellets.
The GRA officials reportedly returned fire and it is suspected that at least one member of the smugglers’ gang received a wound.
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