CANU nabs suspected cocaine swallower

The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) today said that a man taken off a flight bound for Canada has since discharged 86 pellets of suspected cocaine.

CANU said that Julius Fidel Watkins, 39, of 27 2nd Street, Cummings Lodge was this morning taken off a flight destined for Canada.

He was escorted to a city hospital where he was admitted, medically examined and released a total of 86 suspected cocaine-filled pellets. He is believed to have swallowed over 100 pellets.

He currently remains under observation.


Independent third party must check oil revenues

The chairman of Trinidad’s transparency group says that it  is imperative that an independent third party check revenues from the company extracting oil and the subsequent flows to the government.

ExxonMobil faces fresh tax avoidance allegations in Australia

Even as ExxonMobil announced that it doesn’t expect to pay any corporate taxes to the Australian government until 2021 after an already five-year tax hiatus, the company has  been accused of generating billions in revenue in that country  but using subsidiaries in a scheme designed to avoid paying its dues.

WPA should consider urgently whether to remain in APNU, coalition government

In the wake of the state-owned Guyana Chronicle’s termination of David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis as columnists, WPA executive member Tacuma Ogunseye says that party should urgently put on its agenda whether it should stay in the APNU alliance and the coalition government.

People pressure led to release of oil contracts

President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas says he believes that it was pressure from the people that saw “the unprecedented” release of oil contracts by the government.

Quality of police samples has improved – forensic lab head

The Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory (GFSL) has spent a substantial amount of time training police investigators in various aspects of evidence collection and submission and this has resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of samples sent for testing, the facility’s Director Delon France says.


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