by Alva Solomon
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Friday morning unearthed more than (640 kilogrammes) 1,411 lbs of compressed marijuana inside a container at the John Fernandes Container terminal on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown.
The consignment of narcotic was packed in several bags and was found among a shipment of cars which came in the country from Japan via China and Jamaica.The bust was made around 10 am by Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers of the GRA in the presence of the customs broker, shipper and consignee.
According to reports, the container came into the country on June 27 on board the vessel , MV Vega Sachsen and was expected to leave this weekend. It is suspected that the drugs were placed in the container while the vessel was in Jamaica since the seal on the container was tampered with.
Anti-narcotics officials are investigating this latest bust while the importer of the container and broker are being questioned.
“The agency’s DEU was subsequently informed and Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) was subsequently called in and took possession of the drugs. The two agencies are currently conducting examinations and investigations,” the GRA subsequently said in a statement.