Alert ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch operating at the Cheddi Jagan Inter-national Airport, Timehri yesterday found a quantity of cocaine stuffed in hollowed-out ochroes which were being prepared for shipment to the United States.
Up to last night, the police and officials of the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) were still going through the boxes and had not completed weighing all the cocaine that was found. Based on what Stabroek News was told the drugs could weigh several kilogrammes.
The shipper is among those said to have been detained.
A source close to the investigation said that CANU and police ranks were checking a shipment of vegetables when an alert police rank found the cocaine. Based on what this newspaper was told the drugs were found only in ochroes. Other vegetables were in the shipment. Reports are that the inside of each ochro was scooped out and the cocaine stuffed inside. The ochroes were then sealed and packed into boxes.
Over the years, drug traffickers have employed ingenious ways of concealing cocaine.