Two Customs Officers and a Security Officer, all attached to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport appeared before Chief magistrate Priya Beharry to answer a conspiracy charge.
Nineteen – year – old Ravendra Singh of Company Path Georgetown, 30 – year – old Gregory Loo of First Street Herstelling, East Bank Demerara and Anthony Thomas of Main and New Market Street, Georgetown pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The court was told that on July 27 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the three men conspired with person or persons unknown to traffic 11.448 kilograms of cocaine.
According to the police prosecutor, on July 20 Ravendra Singh approached an airline officer requesting a baggage tag and offered the officer US$2500 for the transaction.
The tag was purchased and placed on a baggage and sent to be checked in by a senior officer who discovered 10 packets of what is suspected to be cocaine concealed in a bag.
According to the prosecutor, based on the investigation carried out by CANU, they were able to arrest and charge the three accused.
Anthony Thomas was represented by Attorney – at – law Nigel Hughes, Gregory Loo was represented by Attorney – at – law James Bond and Ravendra Singh was presented by Attorney – at – law Abiola Wong-Innin, all of whom made applications for bail at reasonable amount for their clients.
Based on the seriousness and prevalence of the offence, the Chief Magistrate refused bail and all three men are to make their next court appearance on August 05. [Royan Abrams]