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Updated: Cocaine in fake awara weighed

The cocaine found in fake awara earlier Thursday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) totalled six kilogrammes, a senior anti-drug agent said.

The narcotic was seized by alert agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) after they detected something suspicious that turned out to be numerous fake awara, a senior official of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) said.

The shipper and the broker have been arrested, the usually reliable source told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com).The drug was destined for Canada.

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport identified one of those arrested as a  41 year old shipper from Dundee Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara. The airport said he tried to export awaras stuffed with cocaine.

The CJIA credited “alert CANU officers ” with finding the drug in the fruit at CAMEX, a cargo company, when they discovered the illegal substance in a number of fake awaras that were packed among real ones. The weight of the drug was yet to be determined.

Drug mules try to smuggle narcotics in unusual fashion. In the past, drugs were concealed in pepper sauce, star-apple, pumpkin, cabbage, chowmein, ochro, achar, false walls and bottoms of suitcases, shoe soles, wigs among other items.

Several months ago, cocaine was inserted in drinking straws that were coloured to appear as noodles.