Crew of cocaine ship still in custody, DEA informed of bust

Crew of cocaine ship still in custody, DEA informed of bust

The Captain and two crew members of the MV Deltadiep which was busted with 420 pounds of cocaine just after arriving in Guyana from Suriname, remain in the custody of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit and are being grilled about the illegal drugs.

Four other crew members remain on the ship at Linden and are being guarded and questioned there by members of CANU also. The Customs Anti Narcotics Unit has since informed the United States Drug Enforcement Agency about the bust and other international drug enforcement agencies are also being updated.

CANU is hoping that the international agencies will be able to aid its investigations.

The bust was made late on Monday night after the Guyana Revenue Authority received a tip from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime.

One hundred and eighty five (185) packages (bricks) of the cocaine, were found hidden under wooden pallets in the container.

“The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit was called in, and together with officers of Guyana Revenue Authority’s (GRA’s) Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) and Drug Examination Unit (DEU) conducted an examination of the container”, the GRA said in a statement said.

 Agents from the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit, the Police Narcotics Branch and the GRA swarmed the town of Linden late on Monday night and boarded the vessel, MV Deltadiep.

The container was moved to Georgetown from Linden by the drug enforcement agents. It was opened early Tuesday morning and the illegal substance was discovered.

Filed:  7th January 2015

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