Two relatives were this morning charged and remanded to prison following the seizure of a large quantity of cocaine discovered in a cargo shipment of frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, last week.
Safoor Ali, 27, and 22-year-old Nazeema Inraze, both of whom hail from the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), made their first court appearance today before Chief Magistrate Ann McLenan in relation to the matter.
They were not required to plea to the charge and the duo has been remanded to prison until July 7. Ali and Inraze were charged for attempting to traffic 20 pounds of the illegal substance which was concealed in frozen fish through the CJIA last Wednesday.
Initially, a large number of individuals were detained by law enforcement officials in light of this drug bust but after some days of intense grilling and investigation by members of the Police Narcotics Branch, the others were released and Ali along with Inraze were charged.
Ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch on Wednesday morning intercepted and seized six kilograms and 44 grams of cocaine in the cargo shipment of frozen fish.
The shipment in question is said to have contained several boxes of the seafood. This bust comes as the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is intensifying its efforts to clamp down on the scourge of drug trafficking. INews understands that this consignment of frozen fish was destined for the United States of America. (Kristen Macklingam)