Three immigration officers and a security guard today appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer to the charge of conspiring to traffic a quantity of cocaine.
It was alleged that between Monday, February 1 and Tuesday February 2 2016, the three immigration officers attached to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport; Orin Parris, 24, of 74 Timehri, Oral David, 29, of 401 Non Pariel East Coast Demerara and Raduskie Wright, 24, of 271 Number 77 New Housing Scheme Corriverton, Berbice, along with a Roraima Airways Security officer Diane Jackson, 31, of 17 Soesdyke Linden Highway conspired to traffic a quantity of cocaine.
The police prosecutor objected to bail due to the gravity of the charge. They were all were remanded to prison and the matter was adjourned for March 10.
Reports are that the package of cocaine, weighing almost two pounds, was discovered by a handling staff while clearing the luggage from a Dynamic Airways flight upon its arrival in the U.S.
The handler at JFK then notified his supervisors and the drug enforcement unit at the JFK airport about his discovery and investigations into the matter subsequently began.
With the help of U.S. authorities, the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) along with the Guyana Police Narcotics Branch began intense investigations into the matter which led to the arrest of the above-mentioned individuals.
INews was told that although these persons have been implicated in the matter, investigations are still-going to ensure that “the matter is thoroughly probed.”