Charges are expected to be laid against two men this week following the interception of a vessel carrying 95.45kg of cocaine by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard on Monday in the Pomeroon River, Essequibo.
According to the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) in a release, the coast guard ranks who were on patrol came upon the vessel offshore and the men subsequently attempted to flee.
“The ranks gave chase in their metal shark and caught and boarded the vessel.” Following a search which was conducted, a quantity of cocaine – equivalent to 210 lbs – was found stashed aboard.
CANU in the release yesterday said that the suspects, John DaSilva called Martin of Grant Strong Hope, Pomeroon River, Essequibo and Kevin Fitz Gordon of Lot 18 Jib Housing Scheme, Essequibo are expected to be appear before a city magistrate this week.
It was further stated that Gordon had been previously charged in 2015 for narcotics though he was acquitted and in June 2017 he was arrested by CANU ranks whilst he had in his possession a large quantity of US currency and handed over to the Special
Organised Crime Unit.
“As well, large quantities of similarly packaged cocaine were seized in Suriname earlier this month,” the statement added.