Friday, June 16, 2006
Suriname police on Thursday arrested fugitive Guyanese businessman, Shaheed 'Roger' Khan and three ex-policemen. The arrests were part of a huge drug bust that netted more than 200 kilos of cocaine. Khan's lawyer, Glenn Hanoman confirmed to Guyana's local Stabroek News that his client and ex-policemen, Paul Rodrigues and Sean Belfield were held in a house raid. Suriname police also caught Khan and the others with a semi-automatic weapon. Guyanese police had issued wanted bulletins for Khan, Rodrigues, Ricardo Rodrigues and Gerald Perreira after raids on their properties unearthed illegal items. A US Grand Jury sitting in Brooklyn, New York also recently indicted Khan on the charge of conspiring to import cocaine into the US.
Khan and several other men connected to him have been on the run since the joint service stepped up searches for the missing AK-47 rifles stolen from the Guyana Defence Force storage bond late in February. It was believed the men had fled to neighbouring Suriname to avoid being captured.