Security forces managed to intercept over 190Kg cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) during 2015.
During the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s end-of-year press conference, Commercial and Administrative Manager Dursatty Doodnauth said the interception represents an increase in the amount of drugs detected for the corresponding period in 2014. In 2014, just over 185kg was intercepted.
According to Doodnauth, the most prevalent methods of attempting to smuggle the illicit substance were in checked luggage with false bottoms, in food items and by ingestion.
She noted that these interceptions were due to heightened security measures that were implement at the CJIA.
During 2015, she stated, a number of audits and inspections were conducted chief among them were visits from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in January 2015 and Transport Canada from March 30 to April 2, 2015.
During TSA’s visit, a number of areas were identified at the CJIA for improvement for which these were subsequently remedied.