The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) today announced that it has questioned 19 foreign nationals in relation to a quantity of marijuana that was found in the wee hours of Wednesday morning on a foreign registered vessel at the GNIC Wharf in Georgetown.
CANU said it conducted a special operation on the vessel which was scheduled to leave Guyana this morning with a quantity of cement.
Several parcels suspected to be cannabis were discovered throughout the vessel.
While not indicating the registration details of the vessel, CANU noted that all the crew members were foreign nationals.
“The parcels, along with the vessel’s crew, were taken to the CANU headquarters for further processing, where the narcotic was tested and confirmed to be marijuana – a foreign type known as ” creepy ” with a total weight of 16.046 kgs (36 lbs.), the street value is approximately $14,000,000.00 GUY. ($68,293.00 US). If this narcotic had reached its intended destination, its street value would have been much higher,” the anti-drug unit said.
CANU said it’s operation was part of an ongoing multi-agency and multi-national investigation aimed at dismantling a regional network involved in the movement of narcotics from Guyana using cargo vessels.