Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2016, 20:38 by Denis Chabrol
Enforcement agents of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Container Control Programme (CCP) have seized 1,276 pounds of marijuana in a shipping container that arrived from Jamaica, Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, James Singh said Tuesday.
Authorities estimate that the marijuana fetches a street value of US$765,600.
Two broker and the owner of a sawmill company are assisting with investigations following the drug seizure at the John Fernandes Limited wharf, Water Street, Georgetown.
The CANU Head said the container was profiled for inspection by members of the Container Control Programme and the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Guyana Revenue Authority. He said also inside the container was a piece of heavy duty equipment for a sawmill .
Singh related that also inside of container was 21 duffel bags with a total of 260 packets of marijuana . The broker and owner of the company are assisting with investigations.
Guyanese law enforcement agents have long believed that there is marijuana-for-cocaine barter trade with Jamaica.