[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Guyana Revenue Authority officer is in police custody after he admitted to collecting US$1,000 to pack cocaine in mail bound for New York.
The Police Narcotics Branch at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) found a total of 644 grams of cocaine in the cargo of the flight, BW 526 on April 11.
The cocaine was found inside of the mail bag from the Post Office. In a press statement issued, the GRA noted, “Once again the GRA’s surveillance system has proven effective as the actions of the officer, who worked at the Customs’ Guyana Post Office Corporation location, were caught on camera.”
The Authority noted that an internal investigation was immediately launched after reports of the cocaine discovery surfaced.
Commissioner-General of the GRA Mr. Khurshid Sattaur said that the officer actions are a clear breach of the organization’s Standard Operating Procedure and that the entity will work on putting more robust systems in place to weed out corrupt elements.
He noted that officers fail to realize that they have a responsibility to act with integrity and protect the image of the organisation, rather than work to tarnish it.
Sattaur reiterated that the GRA will not condone corrupt individuals whether officials or taxpayers. He said the GRA will do all within its power to stamp out corruption.