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Cocaine-in-rice destined for Belgium intercepted; broker in custody

More than 67 kilogrammes of cocaine in a consignment of rice that was destined for Belgium have been found after searches of several shipping containers, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) said Monday. The anti-drug agency said a broker, “responsible for the shipment”, has been taken into custody to assist with the probe. CANU agents and the the Container Control Programme ...

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Trinidadian engineer rescued after allegedly kidnapped on arrival in Guyana

A Trinidadian chemical engineer, who arrived in Guyana Friday morning for a job interview but was allegedly kidnapped, was hours later rescued and two persons arrested, Guyanese police said. Investigators identified him as Mr. Sawak Maraj, 33, of lot 131 Sandyways Fairways Marabal ,Trinidad. “Diligent investigations, buttress by an efficient intelligence apparatus led investigators to the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, where after several ...

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Four arrested for robbery of supermarket owner

A 26-year-old businessman of East Canje, Berbice was relieved of a quantity of phone cards and local currency by two masked bandits who stormed his home on Wednesday evening. Deputy Commander of the Berbice Division Mr. Edmond Cooper said four persons have since been arrested to assist with investigations. The man, Zhou Chunmin,  who operates a supermarket in the lower ...

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SOCU agents descend on Guyana Energy Agency

Agents of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force swooped down on the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) as part of an ongoing probe into two alleged financial crimes. Led by Head of SOCU, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James, they entered the premises at 10:19 AM. Moments later, three agents exited the building and collected several cardboard boxes ...

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Canadian charged with attempting to steal raw gold from mining camp

A Canadian man, who allegedly went to a mining and demanded five ounces, 15 pennyweights of raw gold, was Wednesday charged with attempting to steal. Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan granted 54-year old Elson Bettencourt GYD$100,000 bail on the condition that he lodges his passport with the Magistrates’ Court Office. He was ordered to return to court on November 8, ...

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Policemen, prison officer face jail for escape of prisoner

Three policemen and one prison officer are to be charged in connection with the escape of a rape accused from the Lusignan Prison earlier this month, the Guyana Police Force said. The law enforcement agency said  a probe has been completed into the escape of Dellon Blake, and legal advice states that the four personnel, who were performing duties on ...

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Updated: Foreigners among nine suspected pirates held in North West District

Guyanese soldiers and police believe they have made a breakthrough in smashing a group of heavily armed pirates, including foreigners, who have been operating in the North West District. The Guyana Police Force said nine persons-including one Cuban, one Venezuelan and one Jamaican- were intercepted in a boat on the Barama River Tuesday afternoon with two rifles, ammunition and 1.5 ...

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Bandits rob West Demerara store, hijack car

Three gun-toting bandits robbed a business enterprise and customers at Lusting Rust, Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, before they hijacked a car and escaped, police said. West Demerara Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Leslie James said the incident occurred at about 8:45 PM at Simone’s Variety Store. The proprietor, 37-year old Simone Banwarie, told investigators that three men- two armed with ...

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2011 prison escapee charged with murder

A 43-year-old prisoner, who was recently recaptured in Suriname after escaping lawful custody in 2011,  was Monday slapped with a murder charge. The accused, Rickford La Fleur, appeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Alex Moore to answer to the charge. The court heard that on Sunday May 1st, 2011 at the New Amsterdam Prison, the accused murdered ...

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