Guyana’s Customs Anti Narcotics Unit, CANU has rubbished claims by self-confessed drug lord, Barry Dataram, that the drug enforcement body is involved in the drug trade.
Dataram, who is currently before the courts in connection with a multi million dollar drug bust and whose relative was recently busted with millions of dollars in his house, made sweeping accusations against agents of CANU during a television interview with the HGP nightly news. The interview aired on Monday evening.
His relative, Troy Dataram who is an electrician, was found with over $10 Million cash in his home by the Special Organised Crime Unit.
Barry Dataram has now pointed fingers to the involvement of agents of CANU in allowing cocaine to pass through the Cheddi Jagan airport but did not give specific names. He said money would be paid to allow the cocaine to pass.
“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”, he said.
During the tv interview, Bataram admitted that he is a drug lord and that he is involved in drug trafficking but said he has never been convicted.
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.
In a statement last evening, Singh pointed out that “it must be noted that Barry Dataram’s trial for possession of a large quantity of cocaine concealed in Shrimp in 2015 in His Diamond abode has commenced in February 2016 in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and may be a source of much of the unease for Mr. Barry Dataram, hence his savagery against CANU”
James said CANU is open to any probe but believes Dataram may be trying to sway public opinion as his trial gets underway.
“CANU on a positive note welcomes the frank confessions of Mr. Barry Dataram as to his involvement in the Narcotics Trade and would implore him and others like himself connected to the narcotic trade both small and large; mules and traffickers alike; to attend the nearest court, police station and or the CANU Head Quarters Georgetown to provide useful intelligence ( by way of a sworn statement ) in past and ongoing investigations and operations”, the CANU Head said.
He further stated that “CANU welcomes further public confessions of criminal elements. CANU urges the citizenry to stand up, speak out, to have the tenacity to testify against the elements of the narcotic trade; and help the Unit make Guyana a safer place!”
A few years ago, Dataram successfully challenged an extradition request under the previous government after the U.S issued a wanted bulletin for him. He is a U.S Citizen and is wanted in the U.S for several drug trafficking charges.
NEWS Source understands that the U.S is getting ready to make another request for his extradition.