$550M cocaine bust: Race biker, driver granted $5M bail each for special reasons

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Ace biker Stephen Vieira and race car driver Nazim Gafoor were on Friday last granted bail by acting Chief Justice Roxane George when their lawyers made the petition before her in the High Court.

The men were granted $5 million bail each and were released from the Georgetown Prison on Monday.

Vieira and Gafoor were granted bail owing to special reasons presented to the acting Chief Justice by their Attorneys-at-Law, Latchmie Rahamat and Stanley Moore.

Stephen Vieira
Nazim Gafoor

Those special reasons posited that no evidence was ever presented to the Court which proves that the defendants were in possession of any drugs.

Documents previously presented to the Court also indicate that Gafoor suffers from epilepsy.

It was also put forward to the acting Chief Justice that the trial would take a long time, since the prosecution has secured 31 statements and the two men are not flight risks.

However, Nazim Gafoor’s father, Tazim Gafoor, remains in the Georgetown Prison along with Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) agent Sherwayne DeAbreu.

The $550 million drug discovery was made when Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks swooped down on a Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo house belonging to wanted man Naraine Lall and unearthed the substance stashed in a shipment of lumber.

The four men were all charged at the Leonora Magistrate’s Courts last month when they appeared before Magistrate Roshelle Liverpool.

The men pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that between March 1, 2017 and May 12, 2017, they aided Hakeem Mohamed in trafficking 84.9 kilograms of cocaine at Narine Lall’s Sawmill at Lookout, Parika.

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