Cocaine: After busting 19-y-o mule at CJIA, CANU unearths ECD source

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The suspected cocaine filled pellets retrieved at the location on the East Coast of Demerara (CANU image)

The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), after apprehending a 19-year-old suspected cocaine mule at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday, July 6, intercepted the apparent source of where the drugs were coming from on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD). 

According to CANU, the 19-year-old female, an outgoing passenger on Flight BW 526 destined for JFK International Airport, was suspected to have swallowed cocaine pellets and was arrested and escorted to a city hospital that confirmed their suspicions.

This publication was informed that the woman, who remains hospitalised and under observation, has since excreted 44 pellets of suspected cocaine.

Her arrest led a CANU operation to a location on the ECD on Friday night where some 279 suspected cocaine filled pellets were reportedly seized.

The Narcotics Unit outlined that three persons were arrested, while two suspects remain at large.

Natasha Blair

This bust comes less than a week after CANU ranks intercepted a 37-year-old cosmetologist, Natasha Blair, who was about to travel with her 11-month-old baby.

The woman, who was jailed for 3 year and fined over $1.M, had ingested cocaine pellets and also inserted same into her lower extremity.

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