Good Hope businessman charged with Mon Repos cocaine, ganja bust

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82 parcels of cocaine weighing 91.132kg (200 pounds) and 98 parcels of cannabis weighing 56.008kg (132 pounds) were unearthed from a fishing vessel after ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) conducted an operation about 04:00h on Saturday last at the Mon Repos channel, on the East Coast of Demerara shore

A Good Hope businessman was today arraigned in relation to the cocaine and cannabis discovered in a fishing vessel at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.

The accused, Azim Baksh, known as “Bato”, of Phase One Good Hope, (ECD) denied the allegation when he stood before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.

The charge against him alleged that he had trafficked some 91.132kg of cocaine and 56.008kg of cannabis on July 14.

His Attorney, Bernard DaSilva, told the court that the drugs were not found on his clients possession but found in a boat where his client was never present.
DaSilva further argued that at the time of the discovery, Baksh was in his motorcar on the Mon Repos Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
However, CANU Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford told the Court that the defendant has been under their watch for a lengthy period.
On the day in question, he and another man known by the alias ‘dive and shoot’ were reportedly seen by CANU ranks on the boat where the drugs were found.
However Baksh was arrested after CANU had issued a wanted bulletin for him.
He was remanded to prison until August 10, 2018.

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