[www.inewsguyana.com] – Two security officers attached to the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU), accused of stealing eight parcels of cocaine, were granted bail on Wednesday, April 22 by Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.
Kevin McKee, 26, of Lot 199 Lodge Housing Scheme and Teon Ambrose, 51, of Lot 954 Sophia, Greater Georgetown, both pleaded not guilty to the offence of Simple Larceny.
The court heard that on April 16, they stole eight parcels of cocaine from CANU, valued $936,000.
According to Assistant Superintendent of Police, Stephen Telford, the suspected cocaine was taken to CANU Headquarters after they seized it from a house in Diamond, East Bank Demerara. The missing packets were among 428 other parcels.
Following the discovery, officers questioned the security and the duo was tight-lipped on the issue. A CCTV camera was reviewed and it allegedly showed McKee leaving the guard hut and proceeding to the freezer where the suspected cocaine was stored.
The court heard he spent some time there and then left carrying a bag. He subsequently made his way to Ambrose who conversed with him before opening the gate for him to exit the compound. McKee then transported the bag with the alleged cocaine to an unknown location before returning to duty.
The Prosecution objected to bail, however $350,000 bail was granted to each accused by the Chief Magistrate. The matter was adjourned to May 7 for report.