Ogle airport drug bust: Women remanded for cocaine found in mats

The two women who were nabbed with five mats laced with cocaine at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD), have been charged.
The duo appeared at separate courts on Tuesday to answer the trafficking in narcotics charge.
Thirty-two-year-old Malika Scott of Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
There, she pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on March 5, 2022, at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, she had 5.274 kilogrammes of cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.
She was remanded to prison and the case will continue on April 5.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Akata Makeba Garnett of C Field Sophia Squatting Area, Greater Georgetown, appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Rushelle Liverpool
She too pleaded not guilty to the trafficking in narcotics charge and was remanded to prison. The case will continue on March 31.
Garnett was destined for Barbados and was subjected to a secondary search of her luggage.

The mats where the cocaine was found

During the search, the five mats were discovered. She was arrested and escorted to CANU’s Headquarters where the mats were tested for cocaine and returned a positive result. The cocaine was allegedly weighed in her presence and amounted to 5.274 kg with an estimated street value of $5.6 million.
Further investigations led to the arrest of Scott. (G9)