Three immigration officers are under close-arrest in relation to the package of cocaine which was unearthed in the baggage hold of a flight that had arrived at the John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York from Guyana earlier this month.
INews also understands that two employees of Dynamic Airways are also in police custody while another staff has gone into hiding.
A source close to the investigation told INews that the immigration officers confessed to having assisted in taking the illegal substance through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
Reports are that the package of cocaine, weighing almost two pounds, was discovered by a handling staff while clearing the luggage from the aircraft 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.”
Meanwhile, Capt. Gerry Gouveia, head of the local handling agency for Dynamic Airways in Guyana in a comment to INews this morning, stated that for the past two years since the airline began operating in Guyana this is the first time an incident of this nature has occurred.
However, he said that his management team, shares the view that the Police are free to dig deep into the matter, and for persons who are found guilty they will have to “face the full brunt of the law”.