A 23-year-old taxi driver is now evading Police after he allegedly faked his kidnapping to pay for a quantity of ganja he abandoned. The man had reportedly run away from cops in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and abandoned his car which contained a large amount of marijuana.
Police said the incident occurred on April 22.
At the time the cannabis was found, the man was allegedly transporting the drug for another person.
This publication was informed that the man’s vehicle was stopped and searched by Police ranks and the drug was discovered.
Upon seeing this, the man buckled from the scene and made good his escape.
Shortly after, Police said, “the person he was transporting the cannabis for demanded that he (the taxi driver) paid him $1 million for his losses”.
This caused the taxi driver to allegedly conspire with others to fake his kidnapping.
It was also reported that at around 14:35h on Saturday, the man’s 21-year-old fiancée of Essex Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice, went to the Police and reported that on Thursday last at about 07:50h her partner left home to drop a passenger to Georgetown.
The passenger, Police said, is known to her as “Buckboy”.
The woman said she called her fiancé at 21:24h and he told her that he was at Weldaad, West Coast Berbice, and had to turn back to make a pick up at Bath Settlement. That was the last she heard from him.
At about 01:30 h on Friday, she said her landline phone rang and a male voice at the other end told her that he had narcotics in her fiancé’s car and he wanted $1 million for it.
She said she was also threatened that if she did not pay the money, “she will find his body at the road corner.”
The woman said she told the male caller that she did not have that amount of money, and requested to speak to her fiancé, but the person ended the call.
However, on Saturday at about 10:09h, she checked her phone and saw a number of photographs of her fiancé on a bed with his hands and feet tied up with a yellow rope. The photos were sent to her from her fiancé’s phone.
She also received some text messages demanding $500,000. She told investigators she was also warned against making contact with the Police or it would be worse.
The passenger – “Buckboy” – who was in the car with the taxi driver, is currently in custody and is being interrogated.
Investigations are ongoing.