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Convicted drug lord Dataram travelling on forged foreign passport- Granger

Barry Dataram entering the Public Service Department's compound at Vlissengen Road and D'Urban Street to appear before Inquiry Commissioner Brigadier Brewster Lovell.

Barry Dataram entering the Public Service Department’s compound at Vlissengen Road and D’Urban Street to appear before Inquiry Commissioner Brigadier Brewster Lovell.

President David Granger on Thursday said convicted Guyanese drug-lord Barry Dataram, who fled the country to avoid being jailed for cocaine trafficking, might be travelling on a forged foreign passport.

“Even though Mr. Dataram might have a foreign passport, it might be a forged passport. I would urge all law enforcement agencies to use every legitimate measure to bring him back into this jurisdiction so that he can serve his sentence,” he said on this week’s edition of the ‘Public Interest’ television programme.

Dataram, who is an American citizen, is also wanted by the United States (US) for drug trafficking. Previous extraditions failed several years ago after his lawyers had successfully mounted a legal challenge.

Granger urged law enforcement agencies to network with foreign counterparts in neighbouring Suriname and other parts of the Caribbean in a bid to locate and transport Dataram back to Guyana to pay the GYD$164.2 million dollar fine and serve his  60-month jail-term.

“…so my information is that he is not travelling on a Guyanese passport. So after his disappearance, and we weren’t aware of his disappearance, we continued to work with our partners in the Caribbean to bring him to justice. If he is in Suriname as is suspected, the Commissioner of Police has been instructed to try to ascertain his whereabouts in neighbouring countries but he is not using a Guyana passport that much we know,” the Head of State said.


He and his reputed wife Anjanie Boodnarine did not turn up to court on the last three occasions after Magistrate Judy Latchman had indicated that she would have announced whether they and two other persons would have been freed.

In the end, the Magistrate ruled that only Dataram was found guilty while his wife and the two men were acquitted. She fined and sentenced him to jail in his absence.


President Granger registered his displeasure at Dataram’s disappearance from Guyana, but made his displeasure known. “Mr. Dataram is a person of interest. He is a well-known character in Guyana and I would expect that even though the judicial branch is separate, there should be a greater level of alertness on the part of the Magistracy, in the Judiciary, in matters like this and I don’t regard it as a failing on the part of law enforcement agencies but it is definitely an error which ought to have been avoided.

He added that “The danger posed in having somebody who is now a convict out there, out of the jurisdiction is going to be harmful to our national interest so I would urge the law enforcement agencies to alert their counterparts in neighbouring states.


The President observed that while more could have been done, it must be noted that the resources currently available to law enforcement agencies are not sufficient to patrol every kilometer of the country’s borders and ports. However, Government, cognizant of the need for additional resources, has begun to acquire the equipment necessary to aid the fight against narco- trafficking and other forms of illegal activity.

“It is physically impossible to control every kilometer with our present resources. We are working on the acquisition of surveillance aircraft, we are placing mounted police in wide open areas, we are acquiring ATVs and surveillance equipment,” he said.

The cocaine was found on April 16, 2015 at Dataram’s  house located at 661 Silver Dam, Fourth Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme. He, his wife and the two men were in the house at the time of the bust.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Pathetic! Very pathetic! What a circus…a masquerade!

    • rs dasai

      Why is the headline and this newspaper lying against the President? If someone knows that Dataram has left the country, should that person (not the Prezi) be charged for aiding and abetting a known felon? Mr. AG?

  • Col123

    So this chap was found with loads of illegal drugs! What is the origin of the drugs? If he was a known drug god, how come he was not monitored by the authorities?..What is the disposition of his current assets? When will the government confiscate it?

  • rs dasai

    The PP is not an issue. The Prezi does not micro manage the security forces, so do not lay blame on him. Try The Security Minister.

  • rs dasai

    And continue to flourish under the current Gvt of PNC/AFC/APNU? Do you think that he has a Gvt connection or Protection?

  • eddie

    the same scumbag this government could have extradite but I guess your ead is too hard to figure that out

  • eddie

    I guess a dem collie does get skin up at JFK,,, I will not mention ethnicity let me see if you can figure it out you racist piece of dodo,,,, dataram is a scumbag and he should be address as that because if you want to paint a broad brush we can do that there is enough material

  • eddie

    you mean the racist bully like your dad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well let me tell you there are here did you not see the kick down pandemic form your old PNC days is alive and well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and your granger is just like jagdeo he makes arbitrary decision but for people like you it only wrong when the coolie as you call them do it

  • eddie

    like I say you are so dumb you cant comprehend shit from shino so keep the brush and paint yourself uncle tom ,,,,,boss we sick