One of the men arrested in the 14-pound cocaine in curry bust has pleaded guilty, but his sentencing will take place later this month.
Appearing at the Diamond Magistrates’ Court this morning, 36-year-old Loaknauth Persaud pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan Airport.
Persaud was an outgoing passenger on a New York-bound flight when a search of his suitcases unearthed two large bowls of curry with large sealed packets of cocaine in them.
He was immediately arrested by CANU agents at the airport. In Court today, the presiding Magistrate ordered the man to remain in Police custody until his sentencing which will take place on the 31st October.
After Persaud’s arrest at the airport, agents gathered information that led to the arrest of a second suspect in the same case. The second suspect 43-year-old Manzil Ali was arrested at his Georgetown home.
He appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court today and pleaded not guilty to the cocaine trafficking charge. He was remanded to jail until later this month when the matter will continue.