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New York-bound “frequent flyer” arrested with cocaine in food items

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 1:49 by GxMedia

A Guyanese man, described as a “frequent flyer” was Tuesday afternoon arrested after a large quantity of cocaine was allegedly found in his suitcase, a senior official of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) said.

The identity of the 32-year old man from East Coast Demerara was not disclosed.

Investigators said he was carrying 12.5 kilogrammes of cocaine concealed in flour and rice packets.

He was held at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport about 5 PM shortly before boarding a Dynamic Airways flight to New York

A CANU agent said that the man gave addresses in Guyana and the United States (US).

Quite recently CANU and the Drug Enforcement Unit  of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) intercepted more than 100 kilogrammes of cocaine aboard a Cyprus-registered ship that had come to take a consignment of bauxite from Linden, Upper Demerara River to  Europe.