Thursday, October 7, 2004
TWO young men are in custody assisting the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) in their investigations after a shipment of cocaine was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana, early this week.
CANU officials were reluctant to disclose the quantity of cocaine seized but revealed that packets were concealed in the sides of large styrofoam boxes, which were being used to transport the frozen fish.
Some 575 kilograms of Banga Mary, a fish used for many local dishes, were being transported in thirty boxes. The sides of each box held a packet of cocaine carefully concealed in the Styrofoam. The shipment was due to leave Guyana on a Universal Airline flight to JFK International in New York.
The young men arrested are 18 and 24 years old and come from Eccles and Agricola, respectively on the East Bank of Demerara. The 24-year-old was allegedly the shipper and the other reportedly helped to off load the shipment.
CANU Officials are on the hunt for the truck driver who transported the illegal drugs to the airport. An official explained that it is now a policy to pay careful attention to frozen cargo. Recently, CANU stopped several shipments of cocaine stashed in frozen fish due for export out of Guyana.