Alleged mastermind wanted for CJIA cocaine bust remanded

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Delvor Bunbury, 27, who is the alleged mastermind in the smuggling of almost 2 kilograms of cocaine, for which Travis Mendonca was recently sentenced to three years imprisonment, has turned himself  over to the Police and on Friday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.

The Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident stood before Magistrate Leron Daly and denied the allegation brought before him.

The charge alleged that on September 11, 2017, at Bel Air, Georgetown he attempted to traffic 1828 grams of cocaine.

His Attorney, Latchmie Rahamat petitioned for bail to be granted for the accused telling the Court that there are special reasons.

Delvor Bunbury

According to Rahamat the narcotics was not found in Bunbary’s possession and as such he has no knowledge of it.

The Attorney in her petition told Magistrate Daly that the cocaine was found at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and added that to date; the said cocaine that the accused is being charged for has not been seen by him.

Police Prosecutor, Simone Payne objected to bail being granted noting that the first accused in the matter, that is Mendonca, gave Police information implicating Bunbary who has a similar matter presently before the Court.

In that matter, Bunbury along with Gavin Harris and ex-cop Louie Dublin were all remanded to prison after they were found to be in possession of 588 grams of cocaine at CJIA for the purpose of trafficking. Bunbury was subsequently granted bail.

Magistrate Daly remanded the accused to prison to return on October 20, 2017.

A wanted bulletin was issued for Bunbury after Mendonca was arrested and jailed.

Two Mondays ago, Police intercepted Mendonca, who was travelling to the United States. Police stated that during a search of the suitcase belonging to Mendonca, 1828 grams of cocaine was earthed.

Cocaine mule: Travis Mendonca

The suspect, of Kara Kara, Linden and Ozone Park in Queens, New York, was taken into custody and narcotics trafficking charges were instituted. He was arraigned for narco possession and sentenced after he pleaded guilty.

Meanwhile, several members of the Police Narcotics Branch are now under close arrest following the disappearance of the said cocaine from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.

The cocaine was already tendered as evidence against the two defendants.

Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine had confirmed that an investigation was launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

He also told media operatives that the cocaine was discovered missing on Tuesday last but did not go into details.

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