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Men arrested at hotel allegedly swallowing cocaine

Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) agents have foiled a plot by a number of persons to smuggle cocaine out of Guyana by swallowing the narcotic, according to a top official.

Head of the CANU, James Singh said two Guyanese men were late Friday night arrested at hotel and one of them has been admitted to a city hospital because he allegedly ingested a number of cocaine pellets.

Singh could not immediately say which country the man was due to travel to and when, but it was clear that anti-drug agents had prevented the cocaine from reaching either the Cheddi Jagan or Ogle International Airport.

“The males were were found with a quantity of cocaine pellets. The exact weight of the cocaine is yet to be determined since one of the men had swallowed some and in currently under guard at a city hospital ,” he said.

In the past, cocaine smugglers have slipped through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and caught mainly at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.