A Guyanese woman who was destined for Antigua, was on Wednesday morning nabbed at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara, with close to 10 pounds of cocaine in her suitcase.
The 24-year-old woman from Georgetown was about to board a Liat flight early Wednesday morning when members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) detected the anomalies while her suitcase was in the scanner.
A search was subsequently conducted during which several packets of the illegal substance were unearthed in the sides of her suitcase. She was immediately arrested and is assisting ranks with their investigations.
The illegal substance was taken to CANU’s headquarters where it was weighed and amounted to 4.2 kilograms. Charges are expected to be laid shortly.
Over the years, the drug enforcement units have been making strides in curtailing the amount of illicit drugs passing through Guyana’s main ports of entry.
Only recently, the Guyana Police Force burnt $196 million in illicit drugs –$147 million in marijuana and another $47 million in cocaine. The 294.2kgs of marijuana were netted over a two-year period between 2015 and 2016, following a number of busts.
On the other hand, 55.3kgs of cocaine was dumped into the Atlantic Ocean. Of the amount, 40 kilos were discovered in false bucket bottoms at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on March 19, 2015. Another six kilograms was liquefied and placed in El Dorado five-year-old bottles to be exported to the United States.