No arrests yet in ganja in car container case

The officials investigating last week’s 640 kilogrammes of marijuana find at the John Fernandes Terminal, Mandela Avenue are yet to make an arrest in the case.

A source close to the investigation told Stabroek News yesterday that there have been no new developments and that officials from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are still conducting investigations.

The GRA in a statement had said that it was its Goods Examination Unit (GEU) that made the discovery. The statement said the container originated from Japan and was transshipped in Jamaica.

It was stated that the container arrived here on board a vessel named Vega Scahsen on June 27.

According to the GRA an examination of the consignment was conducted on Friday and a large quantity of drugs of “a compress[ed] nature” was discovered in an assortment of bags and packages with various markings. According to the statement the agency’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) was informed of the find, resulting in the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) being called in. CANU took possession of the drugs.

Both agencies are now conducting examinations and investigations.

Initially investigators questioned the shipper and the broker but they were not arrested.

Based on what this newspaper was told, the drugs were mainly concealed under the spare wheels in the trunks of the cars.

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