Illegal Venezuelan aircraft found abandoned at Kuruduni

A Venezuela-registered aircraft was on January 29, 2022 found abandoned at Kuruduni, Essequibo, some 20 kilometres from the Kurupukari Crossing.
As such, the Home Affairs Ministry, along with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and Air Corp, has launched an investigation.
The aircraft bore registration number YV506.
The discovery was made by ranks attached to the Mabura Police Station. Reports are they discovered the Cessna 310 plane (which was white with red, yellow, and blue stripes) in bushes, covered with branches and tarpaulin. The propeller had been removed and placed under the aircraft.
Officials said that the high-speed retractable-gear single-engine aircraft was without key documentation, which would make it difficult to track the airframe, engine, and propeller time.
A search was conducted in and around the aircraft, but no illegal substance was found in the cabin, cargo space or the immediate vicinity, the Home Affairs Ministry stated in a release to the media.
According to the preliminary assessment by the Lead Engineer, the damage to the aircraft is extensive and beyond repair. However, further assessment will be conducted by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
In November last year, a foreign pilot and his co-pilot were detained in Mahdia, Region Eight after they landed at an airstrip in the area.
It was reported that the men – a Colombian and a Venezuelan – landed a twin-engine Piper Seneca plane. Following their detention at the Mahdia Police Station, several personal items, along with a Global Positioning System (GPS), were seized by Police.
Further, in June 2021, an aircraft was seen circling the Bissaruni trail (12 miles east of Kwakwani), Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), and subsequently landed, but when it was found, it was completely burnt.
No illicit drugs or burnt bodies were found on board.
Meanwhile, another aircraft was seen flying over Southern Guyana also in June and despite attempts by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to intercept it, it managed to land in Kaaimangrasie, Suriname.
Surinamese officials were alerted and managed to arrive on site and subsequently seized more than 400 kilos of cocaine.
In May, Guyanese authorities intercepted an aircraft carrying 450 kilos of cocaine near the Indigenous village of Orealla. The two occupants of the aircraft claimed to be on their way to Suriname to deliver a shipment of magnesium. However, the cargo turned out to be cocaine. Both men have since been charged in Guyana for narco-trafficking.