By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Georgetown are in Berbice probing an allegation that some policemen, including an Assistant Superintendent, accepted a $6M bribe from drug dealers, to allow the clear passage of a minibus laden with cocaine and cash.
The Police Office of Professional Responsibility is also looking into the case. iNews was reliably informed that up to late Wednesday evening (September 24), three police ranks are in custody and under close arrest.
A police source, who is close to the investigation, told iNews that on September 10, 2015, a few police ranks were performing patrol duties along the Corentyne corridor when they stopped a minibus which was loaded with cocaine and cash.
The police received a tip off that a route 63 minibus would usually be transporting drugs, guns and cash; they were provided with the vehicle number and the travel schedule for the very minibus.
iNews understands that the police ranks, while in the vicinity of Springlands, East Corentyne Berbice observed the vehicle and decided to stop it to execute a search.
It was during the search that the police discovered that the vehicle was indeed transporting a very large quantity of cocaine and cash at the time. It is alleged that the ranks on patrol, with the most senior one at the time being a police corporal, negotiated with the occupants of the vehicle.
It is being alleged that the negotiation led to the occupants of the vehicle handing over $6M in cash on the spot to the police ranks. The men then allowed the vehicle to continue its journey and even provided some amount of escort for the vehicle before returning to a Police Station along the Corentyne Coast.
iNews was told that while there, the ranks reportedly informed their most senior officer of the illegal transaction, after which he allegedly took a sum of the money.
According to the police source, the deal began to unravel when one of the very ranks decided he was not satisfied with the amount of money he received.
iNews understands that the owner of the minibus and the conductor are not in custody but are said to be cooperating fully with the police in this investigation.
Meanwhile, the police have not been able to locate the cocaine or the cash the bus transported.