Agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit intend to question a number of baggage handlers at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri after a bag was found beyond the security areas with over 20 pounds of cocaine.
The bag did not carry the name of any passenger but had a check in baggage tag attached to it for a Caribbean Airlines flight. The baggage tag however was an old baggage tag according to sources familiar with the investigations. From all reports, someone may have attached the tag to make it appear as if the bag was checked in today for the flight.
Investigators also want to know how the bag was slipped through the many layers of security at the airport. The cocaine laden bag was found on Saturday afternoon just as handlers were preparing to load the New York bound Caribbean Airlines flight.
Vigilant agents realized that the bag did not match up to the number of bags for the flight and they started an investigation. When the bag was inspected, the cocaine was found stashed in it. Both the Police and the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit are probing the bust.
Drug mules and drug pushers have been stepping up their efforts to get cocaine through the country’s main international airport. Several drug busts were conducted this year. There has always been the concern about the strength of the security system at the airport. This is not the first incident that a drug laden bag was found beyond the security areas at the airport.