A Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) officer was yesterday handed over to the police after admitting to collecting US$1000 to pack cocaine in mail bound for New York while being grilled by internal investigators.
A release from the GRA said that once again its surveillance system has proven effective as the actions of the officer, who worked at the Customs’ Guyana Post Office Corporation location, were caught on camera.
“An internal investigation was immediately launched after reports surfaced across the media that 644 grams of cocaine was found in mail bound for New York on a Caribbean Airlines flight”, the release said yesterday.
Commissioner-General of the GRA Khurshid Sattaur said that the officer’s actions are a clear breach of the organization’s Standard Operating Procedure and that the entity will “work on putting more robust systems in place to weed out corrupt elements.” He noted that officers fail to realize that they have a responsibility to act with integrity and protect the image of the agency.
Sattaur reiterated that the GRA will not allow corrupt individuals whether officials or taxpayers. He said the GRA will do all within its power to eradicate corruption.