At approximately 13:09 hrs today, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) says its Drug Enforcement and Goods Examination Units along with the Port Control Unit (PCU) were in the process of examining a consignment of 5/8 inches of plywood destined for Florida in the United States of America when upon closer examination, anomalies were detected within the consignment. The GRA said that further examination and testing revealed an unknown quantity of cocaine concealed between the approximately 320 sheets of plywood.
As such, the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were informed and officials of both agencies arrived on the scene to carry out further investigations.
The GRA said that the plywood’s consignee was listed as a business located on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway with the consignment’s prospective recipient being a Hardware establishment in Florida. GRA’s officials had become even more suspicious of the contents of the consignment based on the suspicious behaviour displayed by the consignee’s representatives during the examination process. Three persons have since been detained as investigations continue, GRA said.