Four of the five suspects fingered in the 187 pound cocaine bust at Zeelugt appeared in Court this morning and were all remanded to prison on drug possession charges. The fifth accused was charged in his absence as he remains on the run.
Super bike racer, Stephen Vieira, car racer Nazim Gafoor and his father Tazim Gafoor and Enforcement Officer, Sherwayne DeAbreau all appeared at the Leonora Magistrates Court this morning and were slapped with the charges. They entered not guilty pleas after the charges were read to them.
The men were jointly charged for aiding and abetting saw mill owner, Narine Lall, in the attempt to traffic the $500 million worth of cocaine.
The cocaine was discovered at a Zeelugt sawmill, hidden in dug out timber pallets.
The Attorney representing Steven Vieira told the court today that his client was never found in possession of the drugs. He said that his client’s name did appear on the shipping documents but the shipment had already been cleared.
Additionally, the Attorney for Tazim Gafoor told the court that there is no direct evidence that pins his client to the drugs.
Nazim Gafoor’s Attorney explained to the Court that the young race car driver suffers from epilepsy and requires regular medical attention.
The CANU Prosecutor immediately told the court that after a prolonged investigation, surveillance footage was retrieved from a DVR system at Vieira’s home.
The Prosecutor objected to bail based on the seriousness of the offence and said the men might flee the country should bail be granted.
Bail was refused and all four men were remanded to prison. Their next court date is June 12, 2017.