Inquiry to be launched into CANU-narco link allegations – President


In light of the damning allegations made by self-confessed drug baron, Barry Dataram earlier this week, President David Granger has announced that a Board of Inquiry (BoI) will be established to investigate claims of corruption within various security agencies.

Self-confessed drug baron, Barry Dataram
Self-confessed drug baron, Barry Dataram

Dataram, during an interview with HGPTV Nightly News (Channel 67), alleged that senior officials of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are involved in illegal drug trafficking activities and even alleged that one of the agents bagged some Gy$10 million in exchange for allowing cocaine to leave the country. He also made allegations against the fairly new Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

However, speaking with reporters on Wednesday, President David Granger revealed that the National Security Committee (NSC), which he currently heads, decided during their weekly meeting on Tuesday to establish a Board of Inquiry to look into the allegations.

“Yes we’re convening an inquiry to investigate the allegations which were made… yesterday, this matter came up before the Committee and we have decided that a Board of Injury will be convened… that inquiry will determine the veracity of the information which was published in the newspapers,” the Head of State said.

According to the President, the Inquiry will be headed by an officer that is yet to be named. He added too that the persons who will be conducting the probe will be given Terms of Reference to guide them in investigating the allegations of alleged improper behaviour of officers of the State.

Head of CANU, James Singh
Head of CANU, James Singh

When further asked, President Granger pointed out that if the probe finds any State agents culpable, then the course of action taken will be in accordance with the law.

“We will deal with the culpable in a way we always deal with the culpable. We expect that there will be due process, if there is a case to answer… (by) the persons alleged to have committed an offence. We will ensure that the person, after proper investigations, is put before the Court but we will not interfere in the judicial process,” the Head of State posited.

He went on to say that once there is a case to answer to, then the case along with necessary information will be forwarded to the relevant authorities for the law to take its course. “We’re not persecuting anybody but we just want to know the facts and we will take it from there,” Granger stressed.

The highly sensationalised interview with Dataram and his nephew aired on Monday evening, and the country’s premier anti-narco agency subsequently released a statement that said night, dismissing the accusations.

In fact, Head of CANU, James Singh denied all the allegations of impropriety levelled against the Unit by the Dataram family. He explained that Dataram’s savagery against his agency may be as a result of his (Dataram’s) uneasiness due to the commencement of his trial for possession of129.230kg of cocaine that was found in Shrimp at his Lot 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X, Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), residence on April 16, 2015.

On the other hand, Singh stated that CANU welcomes the “frank confessions” of Dataram as it relates to his involvement in the narcotics trade and urged him, along with “others” connected to the narcotic trade both small and large; mules and traffickers alike, to attend the nearest court, Police station and or the CANU Head Quarters, Georgetown, to provide useful intelligence in past and ongoing investigations and operations. (Guyana Times)







  2. dataram is a good man, he got a lot of cahonas…lots of criminals shaking now, i like this guy, he is ready for war and he got Granger backing he…fat man must be reading this and smiling and preparing he next move with he boys.
    ramjatty, careful, u are a layer/lier…this is not chang or dpp teking…fo do extension to the veranda…this is uncle sam…ask El Chapo

  3. Dategoady is scum of the earth. Canu stepping on some big corns, linked to Cartels. Singh, get the piece of rear end produce, extradited asap, to the USA, so he can taste real justice.Watch your back.

  4. Inquiry to be launched into CANU-narco link allegations – President.
    Graingeh will appointment inquirers to inquire but who or whom will inquire those that he appoints ?
    The Guyana Police?
    Are you kidding?
    Police- GDF-CANU -APNU-PNC -AFC are all PNC supporters- they all bite off the hands that feeds them– tax payers–
    under PNC 28 years rule the citizens of Guyana cried out how they are more afraid of those security than that of bandits.
    Under PPP 23 years rule the security forces grew leaps and bounds for more money through bribes and shake downs and citizens of Guyana were more afraid of them that that of bandits- big bribe money were demanded under PPP rule mainly from PPP supporters.
    Not even one full year for this US backed installed coalition the citizens of Guyana are reeling in bigger fear of these security people where army people chasing citizens through the streets of Guyana causing death and destruction.
    In short–Guyana security “gone hog wild” take a serious look at Guyana security minister. He is a lawyer by trade and well versed in representing criminals turing it into politics.


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