By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – iNews has been reliably informed that a senior female government official is embroiled in the case against Guyanese pilot Khamraj Lall, who was arrested in Puerto Rico trying to smuggle US$620,000 into Guyana on his jet on November 22.
According to a reliable source, the United States has since launched an investigation into the government official and reports indicate that the US authorities have also restricted her travel to America.
The embattled pilot was granted bail by Judge Marcus Lopez in Court 10 in the US District Court of Puerto Rico. President Donald Ramotar has travelled overseas on Lall’s executive jet several times.
Authorities at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport confirmed that a huge private hanger there was built with the approval of Cabinet to accommodate the planes for executive use and medical evacuations.
The plane stopped in Puerto Rico to re- fuel and then continue with a trip to the city of Georgetown.
It was reported that Customs officers asked the detainee to declare the cash he was carrying. However, Lall, who was traveling with his father and the pilot of the aircraft, initially reported only US$5,000 between him and his father, but in a second report said the two had US$12,000.
However, a team of federal agents found that indeed had more cash on the plane. US authorities require that sums are reported in cash over $ 10,000.
On closer inspection of the plane, officers found US $150,000 first “wrapped in plastic bags and a blanket near an exit,” according to the statement of the federal agent. Lall said he did not remember having that amount and said they were from his business.