$60M Jamaica cocaine bust: Guyanese authorities questioning several persons


Officials within Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) have started questioning various persons in relation to the $60 million worth of cocaine that was discovered in a 20-foot container that ended up in Jamaica after being shipped from Guyana.

A source close to the investigations told INews today that the matter is being handled carefully so as to leave no unanswered questions with regards to the drug bust.

drug“We have begun working more closely with the Jamaican authorities and soon we hope to get to the bottom of this saga”, the source explained.

The drug was found in a container which should have only consisted of rice located on Savannah Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica.

Police in Jamaica are saying that a bag containing 48 parcels of cocaine, weighing a combined 52.65 kilograms was found during the search of the container. The estimated street value is US$474, 000 or J$60.2 million. No one was arrested in connection with the find in Jamaica.

But the CANU and the Guyana Revenue Authority have started tracing the process followed by officers who had responsibility for checking and clearing the container. They are also likely, according to the source, to see if there were any breaches of the SOPs or the security regiment in place at the port of exit and the wharf.

“We will question everybody that had a role to play as we provide assistance to the Jamaicans”, the source concluded. (Michael Younge)




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