Azim Baksh, known as “Bato”, of Phase One Good Hope, (ECD) who was busted with 91.132kg of cocaine and 56.008kg of cannabis in a fishing vessel at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara was today found guilty.
He appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court where the judgment was made. As a result, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment and fined in excess of $221 Million. In addition, the boat in which the drugs were found were confiscated and condemned to the state.
The accused was reportedly under surveillance from CANU from the time he was at the boat with another man, Farok Baksh called ‘Dive” and “Shoot’. Following the bust, he was arrested in a car at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.
Farok Baksh however, managed to escape and a wanted bulletin was issued for his arrest. It was reported that ranks of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted an operation on fishing vessels along the sea wall.
On July 14, the suspected fishing vessel was intercepted at the Mon Repos Channel and was searched.
The agency said ranks found 82 parcels of cocaine as well as 98 parcels of cannabis. Azim Baksh was later charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.