The Deputy Regional Executive Officer of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) is now in the custody of the Houston, Texas, USA authorities after she was found with three pounds of cocaine in her possession.
Region Three Deputy REO, Ameena Marlyne Hinds
Thirty-six-year-old Ameena Marlyne Hinds was reportedly found with the cocaine lined in her suitcase.
According to reports, Hinds was a passenger on United Airlines flight 1250 which was headed from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas.
Houston Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) reportedly discovered the substance after inspecting Hinds upon her arrival at the airport.
Hinds reportedly told officials there that she is currently in debt and saw her action as the only way out, as she is having difficulty meeting her financial obligations.
She also reported that she was approached by an unknown individual who gave her the drugs and offered her US$2,500 if the job was completed.
The Guyanese woman also told officers that she was instructed by the ‘mystery man’ to travel to a hotel in New York and make contact with him when she arrived. Arrangements would be made for someone to retrieve the suitcase containing the drugs and payment would be made.
However, this did not occur and she was caught in the act.