Businessman held over cocaine in Kunds released on station bail

Indarpaul Moninlal Doodnauth, the Lusignan, East Demerara businessman wanted in connection with last month’s huge cocaine bust, has been released on station bail and is to maintain contact with police, Crime Chief Seelall Persaud said yesterday.

Persaud said the man is required to meet police officials at stipulated times as investigations continue.

Last week, police issued a wanted bulletin for Doodnauth, called ‘Teddy,’ of Lot 234 Lusignan West, in connection with the August 16 seizure of millions of dollars worth of cocaine at Block 20 Enmore/Haslington New Scheme.

Indarpaul Moninlal Doodnauth

He surrendered to police on Tuesday in the company of an attorney and was immediately detained.

Police ranks conducted a search on a house at Block 20, where they found a total of 72 kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in the false bottoms of a number of aluminium Kunds (receptacles used in Hindu religious ceremonies).
The police said they also found 125 12-gauge shotgun cartridges and 150 .32 rounds.

Ranks, after initially finding no one at home, kept a presence in the area until the occupants returned. When they moved in, they arrested a couple along with three children. The couple, Leonard and Indranie Bacchus, and a 15-year-old, have been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Doodnauth had been questioned here in January 2009 over cocaine from Guyana shipped in cartons containing bottles of pepper sauce. Doodnauth’s brother, Mahendrapaul Doodnauth, who unloaded the boxes at a rented storage facility on Rexdale Boulevard in Toronto in December 2008 was arrested by Canadian authorities. He was later charged with importing cocaine, conspiracy to import cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

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