A United States Customs and Border Protection Officer is slated to give evidence in a gold smuggling case against a local businessman.
The Officer is the latest and seemingly the last of several overseas witnesses to offer testimony in the case against Christopher Baldeo.
In this case, Baldeo is charged with smuggling four gold bars valued in excess of $25 Million into the United States.
The matter which has been ongoing for the last year came up this morning before City Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Arthur Chung Conference Center.
The Officer was scheduled to begin giving his testimony via video conference, but the matter has been adjourned to November 3 to facilitate a request by the defense team.
Head of the Special Organized Crime Unit, Senior Superintendent Sydney James explained that the matter was moved from the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to facilitate the special hearing.
Additionally, James said video evidence was given by several other overseas persons.
Baldeo who hails from Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo was previously charged with a similar offense but that matter was dismissed in January due to the prosecution’s failure to prove its case.
The government said recently that it was working to put measures in place to stop the smuggling of gold out of the country.