MOH worker tries to bribe police with $4.5M following probe into theft at drugs bond

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The motorcar, money, and weapons belonging to the 23-year-old suspect

A young employee attached to the Ministry of Health, who was detained by police in relation to an apparent burglary committed at the entity’s drugs bond at Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), attempted to bribe the law enforcement officers with over $4.5M.

According to a statement issued by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), ranks visited the bond at around 13:00h today to conduct investigations after receiving report of a “simple larceny” committed there. INews understands that there is an apparent racket ongoing whereby drugs stored at the bond would go missing.

“Investigators contacted and interviewed several employees who were fingered in the alleged crime,” the police station noted.

After all the workers denied the allegations, the investigators proceeded to search a motorcar PAB 3032 which is owned by one of the suspects, a 23-year-old male.

Police found a duffel bag containing a 9mm luger pistol without a magazine and two rounds of 9mm ammunition, a .380 pistol with a magazine containing seven matching rounds, 20 rounds of .380 ammunition, and a large quantity of cash.

The vehicle owner was cautioned of the offence committed and reportedly replied, “officer leh we deal with this before it reach de station.”

The man was, however, arrested. He, along with four other employees, were taken to the Golden Grove Police Station where they were kept in police custody for questioning.

The vehicle owner, during questioning, requested his duffel bag. When it was handed to him, the man withdrew $1.7M cash and offered it to the officers to drop the charges likely to be instituted against him.

“At this point he was told of the new offence committed – Corrupt Transaction with Agent – cautioned in accordance with the Judge’s Rules and he replied “well sir tek de whole bag ah money all I want is me freedom”,” police headquarters noted.

It was revealed that a total of $4,580,000 cash was found in his possession, which included US$5,760.

“The said money, firearms and ammunition were lodged and he remains in custody as further investigations are in progress,” police said.