Brazilian nationals nabbed smuggling goods into Guyana
Four Brazilian nationals were arrested and deported after they were caught trying to smuggle uncustomed goods into Guyana via the Takutu River Bridge that links Guyana and Brazil.
According to information received, on Tuesday last at about 17:00h, members of a mobile patrol unit observed the Brazilians with several bags crossing the bridge. This prompted the police to conduct a search on the bags and the illegal goods were discovered.
A total of 10 pairs of long track pants, 10 pairs of socks, 23 pairs of footwear, 30 perfumes, three Gillette sets, 33 skin lotions, five shampoos, 10 body sprays, 55 medication, six soaps, 25 boxes of syrup medication, six boxes of dye and six nail polishes were all confiscated during the operation.
The men, Roger Felix Duarte, Francisco James Dias, Aegre De Souza Marques, and Ingrid Li Madocarmo were immediately escorted to the Lethem Police Station where the Brazilian nationals were profiled and handed over to the Brazilian authorities.
Meanwhile, Guyana’s Customs Act 82:01 states that “ Any person who imports or brings, or is concerned with bringing into Guyana any prohibited goods, or any goods, or is in any way knowingly concerned in any fraudulent evasion, or attempt at evasion or any import or export duties of customs; shall be liable to a fine triple the value of the goods, and imprisonment for one year. All goods in respect of any such offence committed shall be forfeited”.