An American citizen who was about to board a flight to New York was busted on Friday afternoon at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with 40 pounds of cocaine stashed among baking powder and custard powder in his suitcase.
The bust was made by the Narcotics Branch of the Guyana Police Force which is based at the airport. The man has been arrested and is expected to face charges early in the new week.
Security at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport has been stepped up to nab narco traffickers following four recent cases in which persons were able to beat the security at the Cheddi Jagan Airport and travel all the way to New York with cocaine in their bags.
US Agents busted the four persons who arrived there on separate flights over a two-week period. In those busts in the US, cocaine was found in rum, flour bags, milk tins, books and plastic bags.
Senior Law Enforcement officials believe that there may be some effort to continuously penetrate the security at the Guyana Airport. One Law Enforcement Official told News Source that “there is no way the drug pushers would try to get that amount of cocaine out without having some deal with persons at the airport to allow its passage”.
Guyana has been named by the US State Department as a drug transhipment point for cocaine headed to North America and Europe.
Filed: 5th December, 2014