* another person arrested after 1276 pounds of marijuana found in container
A customs broker attached to a well-known company, along with another person, was arrested following the discovery of 1276 pounds of marijuana in a container at the John Fernandes Limited wharf at Water Street, Georgetown on Tuesday.
Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh said that officials from the unit were in close contact with their counterparts in Jamaica since it was suspected that the compressed marijuana might have been loaded onto the vessel when it docked in that country.
He, nevertheless, stated that investigations were ongoing while confirming that the two suspects remained in custody.
The 1276 pounds of compressed marijuana was found at the wharf in a container that arrived in Guyana in May.
According to reports, agents from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Drug Enforcement Unit and the Container Control Programme (CCP) were inspecting the container which was said to be carrying heavy-duty machinery, when the marijuana was found in several packets.
The container contained sawmill equipment as well. Several persons, including the owner of the container, were questioned in relation to the drug bust.