Guyanese woman held in huge Antigua cocaine bust

A Guyanese woman has been held in Antigua in connection with a staggering cocaine bust on the island and is scheduled to appear in court today.

On Wednesday, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua conducted another successful counter narcotics operation and seized over 480 kilos of cocaine.

A statement from the ONDCP today said that assisting in the probe are a 41 year old Antiguan male and a 41 year old Guyanese female both residing in Old Runway.

“The estimated wholesale value of the seized narcotic is slightly under EC $ 17,000,000.00. It is expected that relevant persons will soon be charged and will be arraigned before the Court” today. The value of these same drugs in the UK would be approximately £ 24 million pounds, the release said.

It added that on hearing the news, recently elected Prime Minister, Gaston Browne congratulated the Agency on its recent successes and reaffirmed his Government’s Zero Tolerance policy as it relates to issues of drug trafficking, and related crimes.

The ONDCP said that this recent success follows the seizure of approximately 2300 pounds of Cannabis that carried an estimated street value of EC $37 million and the arrest of the Jamaican crew comprising of six men who are presently awaiting trial in the High Court.

The ONDCP said that this seizure represents the single largest seizure of cocaine by any Caribbean Law Enforcement agency in recent times.

The seized cocaine (ONDCP photo)
The seized cocaine (ONDCP photo)

 

More in Local News

Jaikarran Chandradeo

Two more held as cops look for motive in Corentyne triple murder

Police yesterday detained two more persons as they continued to try to unravel the motive behind the gruesome shooting to death of two men and a teenage boy, whose bodies were discovered at Kokerite Savannah, Mibicuri Creek, on Friday.

These children enjoyed being pushed home by a cousin

Riverstown

Riverstown, a village on the Essequibo Coast, is pressed between Pomona and Airy Hall. Once you cross the railway-like bridge over a black water creek, you’re in Riverstown, where there are more than 700 residents.

Raphael Trotman

SARU operating legally despite absence of legislation

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said on Thursday that the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) is operating legally and despite its inability to prosecute persons, it is currently doing investigative work which is part of its mandate.

Dead: Orin Morris

Sophia stevedore killed in freak accident at wharf

The body of a stevedore attached to the John Fernandes Limited, Water Street wharf was retrieved from the Demerara River on Thursday evening, more than a day after he was involved in a freak accident.

The old abandoned Moco-Moco Hydropower Station

2018 deadline set for completion of Moco-Moco hydropower facility

Due diligence is currently being done on two firms that had bid to rehabilitate the Moco-Moco hydropower facility and the project should be completed by the end of 2018, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson says.

Devika Tinsarran after she lost all her hair due to chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

Breast cancer survivor turned advocate urges women to get screened early

For many who receive a breast cancer diagnosis, hearing from others who have survived it can be a great source of comfort and support.

Comments

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.



Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

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