Self confessed drug lord, Barry Dataram, remains on the run, but was today sentenced to 5 years in jail and fined $164.2 Million after he was found guilty for being in possession of over 225 pounds of cocaine.
Magistrate Judy Latchman handed down the sentence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court even as law enforcement officers remain on the hunt for the drug trafficker. It is believed that he may have traveled to Suriname via the backtrack route.
Dataram was charged back in 2015 after agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit nabbed him with large packets of cocaine at one of his houses.
Three other persons, including Dataram’s reputed wife, were in the home at the time and they were all charged for possession.
However, the Magistrate found the three co-defendants not guilty of the charges. Two of them were in court for the decision. Dataram’s reputed wife is believed to be on the run with him.
The two who were out on $4million bail each, were a no show in court last week as the case wrapped up. Their Attorney, Glen Hannoman, announced to the court that he could not reach the two and had no information about their whereabouts. He then announced that he was no longer their attorney.
This is not the first time that Dataram has gone on the run from justice. He remains a fugitive from US justice after being charged in the US for several cocaine trafficking and cocaine possession cases.
An earlier effort a few years ago to have him extradited to the U.S failed as a local judge blocked the extradition request.
Since then Dataram has been fingered in a number of local cocaine cases but it was not until last year that CANU agents caught him red handed with the large packages of cocaine that were being prepared for trafficking.
The Head of CANU, James Singh, has expressed disappointment that all four defendants were not found guilty in the case. He believes that the evidence was overwhelming enough to get convictions for all four. It is unclear whether there will be an appeal of the verdict for the three found guilty.
But legal sources have pointed out to News Source that although the four persons were in the house at the time, it appears as though the Magistrate was more focused on who owned the house and on whose property the cocaine was found, in her decision to find Dataram guilty but to allow the other three to walk free.
During his trial, Dataram while pleading not guilty to the charge, had appeared on a local evening newscast and declared that he was indeed a drug lord.