CAL blames Timehri airport workers for drug find

(Trinidad Guardian) Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says cocaine found aboard a flight which landed in Guyana over the weekend was stashed there by employees working on the ground at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. In a telephone interview yesterday, CAL’s corporate communications manager Clint Williams said, “CAL applauds the initiative by the security forces on the ground in Guyana who were able to detect the men—not CAL employees—attempting to place the drugs in the hold after the aircraft had arrived.” Saying Guyanese security officials were leading the investigation, Williams stressed, “We need to clarify that the drugs were not on the aircraft when it first arrived from Port-of -Spain.”

Unwilling to disclose any further information, Williams said the matter was currently under investigation. Shortly after midday on Sunday, flight BW 606, which was en route to Toronto, landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. After an initial security sweep of the aircraft, the illegal substance was found during a second security check shortly after 1 pm. During this check, said to be standard operating procedure, officials discovered 2.2 kilogrammes of cocaine in the hold. Reports suggested four men were detained in connection with the discovery. But a security official at the Cheddi Jagan Airport was unable to confirm yesterday how many people had been arrested or if any charges had been laid. When contacted, a duty manager at the airport, who did not want to be identified, said, “I am not at liberty to comment.” However, he said this was not the first time that drugs had been discovered on flights after they arrived from Trinidad.


More in Local News


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Back in court: In this Keno George composite photo, Barry Dataram (left) and his wife Anjanie Boodnarine at court yesterday to answer three charges including fleeing the jurisdiction.

    Dataram to serve eight years in jail after guilty plea to new charges

  2. Yansen Brusche

    Ulverston mom of four stabbed to death by children’s father

  3. Ameer Abdool Subrati

    Man dies after bandits target overseas-based couple at Herstelling

  4. US Ambassador Perry Holloway and Finance Minister Winston Jordan shake hands after the signing of the agreement yesterday.

    Guyana inks pact for reporting to IRS on holdings of US citizens

  5. Updated: Man dies after bandits attack overseas-based Guyanese at Herstelling

  6. Barry Dataram

    Datarams getaway passports had been issued to other people

  7. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Crime has never been this bad – Jagdeo

  8. Cops grilling taxi driver after passenger robbed of $6M on seawall

  9. The ganja found in Prashad Nagar (Police photo)

    Police find 52 lbs of ganja in Prashad Nagar house

Recommended For You