Retired Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier, Bruce Lovell, will lead the investigations into allegations made by self-confessed Guyanese drug lord, Barry Dataram that Agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit were involved in drug trafficking.
President David Granger on Friday said that Lovell has agreed to be the sole Commissioner investigating the allegations.
“He is not investigating the whole of CANU, he is investigating the allegations,” the President clarified.
He said the Terms of Reference for the Board of Inquiry have already been approved and the investigation is expected to begin by April 1st.
Barry Dataram, who is currently on trial for drug trafficking, in his televised interview said that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit was involved in the drug trade and that the unit had agents who were allowing cocaine to pass through the Cheddi Jagan Airport.
CANU immediately dismissed the allegations of Dataram, who was recently charged in a 225 pound cocaine trafficking case. Dataram is also wanted by US Authorities for drug trafficking in the US.
The Customs Anti Narcotics Unit believes that Barry Dataram made the allegations to deflect attention from his ongoing court matter .
His relative, Troy Dataram who is an electrician, was recently found with over $10 Million cash in his home by the Special Organised Crime Unit. During a television interview in which he admitted being a a drug lord who has never been convicted, Dataram said “CANU, them is the most corrupted, rogue security force in this country. They are the biggest drug dealer this country has. The same drug that they seize, half of it goes back on the street”.
The Head of CANU, James Singh, wants Dataram to make the same confessions under oath during his trial and needs to also speak to local and foreign drug enforcement agents about his involvement in the drug trade and other players in the trade.