Thirty-three year old, Guyanese national, Broderick Owen Layne is now an inmate of the Brooklyn Metro Detention Centre after he was busted at New York’s JFK Airport with a quantity of cocaine in his carry on suitcase.
The man, who lived in Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, arrived on a flight from Guyana on November 22 and was subjected to searches by Customs and Border patrol agents. During the examination of his pieces of luggage, he told the agents that he packed the bags himself and was aware of all the contents.
When the agents carried out a search of his checked in piece, nothing was found. However, when his carry-on piece was checked, it appeared bulky and it was realised that the small suitcase had a false bottom attached to it.
A search of the false bottom revealed just over 3 pounds of cocaine. Layne was immediately arrested and charged. He is being represented by a public attorney.
The man’s arrest came just days after two Guyanese women were busted in New York with a quantity of cocaine in their stomachs. There have also been a number of other drug busts in Guyana over the past month.
Guyana and the US have been working closer in their efforts to reduce and stamp out the drug trade.