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Barry Dataram, four others arrested; cocaine ammo seized

Barry Dataram

A Guyana-born American, who has previously eluded efforts to extradite him to the United States (US) , was Thursday arrested after more than 100 kilogrammes of cocaine and a sum of Guyanese currency were allegedly found in his possession.

He has been identified as Barry “Mogatini” Dataram. Back in 2008-2010, Dataram engaged in several successful legal maneuvers in Guyana’s High Court to prevent him from being extradited to the US to face drug trafficking charges.

Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh said Dataram’s reputed wife and three other persons were arrested.

Singh said the “major drug bust operation” was conducted by CANU and other agencies at a house at Fourth Street, Diamond, East Bank Demerara.

The CANU boss said some of the cocaine was in loose form while the remainder was in frozen seafood. At least  GUY$500,000  was found in the house.

During the four-hour operation, anti-drug agents also found several rounds of high-powered rifle ammunition.

In recent weeks, there have been several cocaine busts at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and New York’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport.