Exporter charged with drug trafficking following cocaine bust in charcoals

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Colin Clyde Prescod
Colin Clyde Prescod

[www.inewsguyana.com] –Linden Businessman, Colin Clyde Prescod was remanded to prison for the offence of trafficking in narcotics by Chief Magistrate, Priya Sewnarine- Beharry, to which he pleaded not guilty.

He is believed to be the shipper behind the latest cocaine bust, where 178 kilos of cocaine was discovered at the City Wharf in Charcoals. Approximately 2,900 bags of charcoals were secured in two 40ft containers that were destined for the United States.

The 58 – year – old businessman allegedly packed the coals into a container at Sliver Hill, Linden before transporting same to the city wharf. He will make his next court appearance at the Linden Magistrates’ Court on April 15.

A media release from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) stated that based on information received from the Port Control Unit a joint examination was conducted on the shipment of charcoal after it was flagged for one hundred percent (100%) examination on March 11, 2015.

Cocaine disguised as charcoal
Cocaine disguised as charcoal

The shipment was scheduled for examination on March 13, at Silver Hill Linden Highway in the presence of the GRA’s Goods Examination Unit (GEU) and the PCU. However, until March 30 the examination was being conducted when officers observed four strange objects in one of the bags which did not confirm with the description of the charcoals that were declared for export.

As the objects were probed, a white powdery substance emanated. A field test was carried out on the substance in the presence of the exporter which tested positive for cocaine.

According to GRA, the examination process was immediately halted and the exporter was cautioned and detained as a result of the findings. The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) was contacted and informed of the discovery. Upon arrival at Silver Hill CANU Officers then secured the goods and proceeded to investigate further.

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