Fake awara cocaine leads to Dundee shipper

Two persons are in custody assisting the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) after six kilos of cocaine was found in a shipment of fake awara, a bright orange fruit, destined for Canada yesterday morning.

Stabroek News understands that the drug was concealed in small round packages and painted orange, disguised to look like the fruit.

Agents became suspicious as to the amount and weight of the fruit and rigorous

One of the `awaras’
One of the `awaras’

checks were made

CANU’s Head, James Singh told Stabroek News that the shipment of awara was found during a CANU search at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri.

The awara is the latest fruit to be enlisted by drug traffickers in their business. The CJIA in a statement yesterday said that a 41 year old shipper from Dundee, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was caught trying to smuggle the fake awaras.

“Alert Customs and Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) officers were checking the fruit at CAMEX, a cargo company, when they discovered the illegal substance in a number of fake awaras that were packed among real ones,” the CJIA statement said.

The shipper is currently in police custody assisting with the investigation.

Drug mules try to smuggle narcotics in unusual fashion. In the past, drugs were concealed in pepper sauce, starapple, pumpkin, cabbage, chowmein, ochro, achar, false walls and bottoms of suitcases, shoe soles, wigs among others.

 

 

The fake awaras with cocaine
The fake awaras with cocaine

 

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