Ranks from the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit have yet again made another interception of cocaine destined for the United States of America.
According to reports, around 14:00 hours on Saturday, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, a man who is said to be a citizen of the United States was about to board flight BW424 when he was intercepted with the prohibited substance.
Yesterday, Lewis Duffie, of Bronx, New York appeared before Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton and pleaded guilty to trafficking in cocaine.
He was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $5.4 million.
This newspaper was told that the 30-year-old man, was seen acting in a suspicious manner and was called to have his luggage searched by CANU ranks. During the search, it was noticed that there was a false lining on the inside of the suitcase.
A thorough search on the man’s suitcase unearthed a white powdery substance which was subsequently tested positive as cocaine. The substance weighed some six kilograms.
Only last weekend two persons in the city were found with cocaine by CANU. Those persons have already been placed before the courts and remanded.
Also on Thursday last, a quantity of cocaine was found on board a Roraima Airways charter which was destined for Trinidad en route to Canada. This newspaper was told that the cocaine was found by ranks of the Police Narcotics who were conducting duties at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
Reports are that the cocaine was found concealed in a FedEx package which was onboard the flight. One person is in police custody and is expected to be charged soon.
JUNE 15, 2010
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