Duo gets for 4 years, fined $25M each for cocaine in frozen fish
Two men were on Monday sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and fined $25 million each by Magistrate Leron Daly for attempting to ship 20 pounds of cocaine in frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in 2018.
The men are 30-year-old businessman Amir Ally of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, and 32-year-old Baldeo Persaud, a truck driver of Kingston Street, C Field, Leonora, West Coast Demerara.
They were found guilty of trafficking 9.366 kilograms of cocaine at Laparkan Cargo Shed, CJIA, on February 6, 2018.
Ally was said to be the shipper while Persaud was the driver who transported the boxes with cocaine stuffed in frozen fish to the cargo bond at the CJIA airport.
During the search, the ranks found a quantity of cocaine stashed in frozen fish that was destined for the USA. Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Kunyo Sandiford led evidence in the trial.
Ranks from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were able to arrest Baldeo Persaud after reviewing telephone records from the alleged mastermind, Amir Ally.
The cargo containing the fish was searched by CANU officers at the Laparkan Cargo Shed at CJIA where the discovery was made.