Airport handling officer and security agent arrested at CJIA following 156-pound cocaine bust

Airport handling officer and security agent arrested at CJIA following 156-pound cocaine bust

Two men, attached to two different companies that operate at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, have been arrested by the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit after they were held with 156 pounds of cocaine during an attempt to smuggle that illegal drug onto a British Airways flight.

The two suspects have been identified as a 26-year-old who is attached to Timehri Handling Services as a Shift Leader, and a 20-year-old, who serves as a Ground Security Coordinator with Secure Innovations and Concepts.

According to reports, the two were performing their duties at the baggage shed area while overseeing a Caribbean Airlines plane and a British Airways plane that were both being prepared for departure.

According to CANU, at around 5:25pm on Thursday, 22nd February, Sealey and Bakker were observed by CANU agents collecting two (02) black suitcases from over the fence at the airport and later exhibiting suspicious behavior, prompting CANU officers to conduct a secondary examination of a British Airlines unit load device.

When the baggage bin was opened, the officers discovered four (04) dark blue duffle bags with no baggage tags, along with two black suitcases without British Airlines check-in tags. The absence of proper tags heightened suspicion, and when questioned, both individuals denied knowledge of the bags.

However, upon inspecting the bags, the officers found brick-like objects wrapped in black and transparent plastic and the objects later tested positive as cocaine.

A total of 64 cocaine bricks were found with a combined weight of 156 pounds, making it the largest drug bust ever at the Cheddi Jagan Airport, according to security officials.

The two men were arrested and taken to CANU headquarters for questioning. They remain in custody as investigations continue.

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