A Guyanese was on Monday remanded to Her Majesty Prison Dodds in Barbados, after he was slapped with several drug-related charges.
Andrew Mullin was charged with unlawful possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to supply, trafficking of cocaine, and importation of cocaine.
The 29-year-old Guyanese man arrived in Barbados on Saturday after departing the Eugene F Correia International Airport on a Liat flight.
Upon his arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport, customs officials conducted a search on his luggage during which 15 milk powder packages containing the illegal substance were found hidden.
The drug was weighed and amounted to 16.8 kilograms with a street value of Bds$840,000. Mullin was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Laurie-Ann Smith. He was remanded to prison until March 5, 2018.
Over the past years, Guyanese, as well as foreigners, have been nabbed at the main ports of entry in Guyana while attempting to smuggle cocaine out of the country. It is not quite clear how that amount of drugs managed to pass through the security checks at the Eugene F Correia International Airport.
A probe has commenced into the alleged breach in security at the Airport by both the customs and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).