The Guyana Police Force (GPF) earlier today, Saturday, has confirmed that drug convict, Barry Dataram, has been handed over to them by their Surinamese counterparts.
After three weeks on the run, Barry Dataram was on Friday morning apprehended in Suriname. He was reportedly arrested by the Surinamese SWAT team in Southern Paramaribo.
His reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, was also held at a house in Paramaribo.
Dataram and Boodnarine absconded Guyana one day before a court ruling in connection with a drug possession charge. An arrest warrant was issued for their arrests. It was believed that Dataram and his wife entered Suriname through a backtrack route.
Dataram was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and fined $164 million in absentia after he was found guilty of being in possession of 129.230 kilogrammes of cocaine on April 16, 2015 at his Lot 661 Silver Dam, Fourth Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara home.
His reputed wife, Kevin Charran and Trevor Gouveia were all freed on the drug charge.
The following press statement was issued by the GPF moments ago:
“Following the arrest of Barry Dataram, a fugitive in Suriname, and his handing over to local authorities, the Acting Commissioner of Police wishes to acknowledge the excellent collaboration between local law enforcement units and our counterparts in Suriname.
While he is fully aware of the same quality of collaboration from Government to Government, that which occurred between 13:00h. yesterday and 09:00h. this morning, represented the best efforts and sends a clear message that with the use of science and technology in law enforcement and personnel who are consummate professionals, the public interest is well served.
On the law enforcement front, we wish to sincerely thank our colleagues in Suriname”.