One suspect jailed and accomplice remanded in milk powder drug bust

One suspect jailed and accomplice remanded in milk powder drug bust

The two men who were arrested last Thursday in connection with the discovery of 13 pounds of cocaine in milk powder packets at the airport, appeared in Court today and offereed two different pleas to the Magistrate.

52-year-old Cranson Henry, who was held at the Cheddi Jagan Airport with the cocaine laden milk powder packages in suitcase, pleaded guilty to the drug trafficking charges.

He was immediately sentenced to four years in jail for the crime and was also fined.

The other accused, calypsonian and gospel singer Mark Ferdinand, pleaded not guilty to the cocaine trafficking charges. Ferdinand was remanded to jail until the 27th March, when the case will come up for hearing.

According to a report from CANU, Cranson Henry who lives at Crane, West Coast Demerara and also has a Brooklyn, New York address, was an outgoing passenger destined for the United States when a search of his luggage unearthed the large quantity of cocaine.

CANU said the cocaine was found contained in seven Milex-branded milk powder packets. The man admitted to having knowledge of the prohibited substance during a video-recorded interview.

The drug enforcement agency said the cocaine carries a street value of more than $13 million.

Based on the interview with the outgoing passenger, CANU investigators visited the home of calypsonian Mark Ferdinand and arrested him in connection witht the same drug shipment.

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