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US assisting Guyana to enforce financial crime laws; Guyana to join global Financial Intelligence network

The United States government said Guyana needed t0 do more to enforce its raft of financial crimes laws, American Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch told the opening of a workshop to strengthen efforts to forfeit the assets of criminals. “Guyana has legislation that provides for asset recovery but there is a need to build capacity on how to effectively implement ...

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Guyana wary of Venezuelan agents posing as migrants

The Guyana government is worried that Venezuelan secret agent operatives might be among migrants who are fleeing the harsh socio-economic and political conditions in that neighbouring South American nation. “You could understand the security dilemma we face that in the migrants could be embedded Venezuelan agents and so this is not something that we don’t appreciate, that we are looking ...

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Colombian, Brazilian fined almost $1 billion for drug trafficking, aviation offences

A Colombian and a Brazilian, who landed a cocaine-laden plane illegally last week on the Mahdia Airstrip, were Wednesday fined almost GY$1 billion and jailed for several years, the Guyana Police Force said. Police said Colombian pilot, 42-year old Rodrigues Estiven and Brazilian co-pilot 24-year Mateus Vinicius Alberto were convicted for being in possession of  640 pounds of cocaine for ...

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Investigate alleged Chinese money laundering ring- Pres Ali

President Irfaan Ali on Monday said the relevant authorities should investigate claims by Chinese individuals in Guyana that they are involved in a money laundering scheme called “flying money” as reported by the United States-based Vice News. He said the news documentary clearly contained confessions by a number of persons that they could move large amounts of cash through the ...

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“King Coca 30” labelled bags of cocaine found aboard illegal plane

Almost 640 pounds of cocaine were found in bags bearing the marking “King Coca 30” strapped inside a single-engine illegal plane that landed at the Mahdia airstrip in Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni) on Sunday afternoon, the Guyana Police Force said. Police said the Cessna Skyline plane, which might have come from neighbouring Venezuela, “landed without authorisation.” The  cocaine and  120.45 pounds ...

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Conflicting accounts about how teenager was burnt while in police custody

Conflicting accounts emerged Sunday night about how a 17-year old boy was burnt while in police custody, with him saying an investigator lit him afire and the Guyana Police Force stating that the suspect was playing with a lighter. Police said two ranks at the Vigilance Police Station were placed under close arrest, and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) ...

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Foreign plane with cocaine lands in Mahdia; Colombian, Brazilian held

A cocaine-laden plane,  bearing what appears to  be United States (US) registration markings, on Sunday landed at the Mahdia airstrip after it apparently ran out of fuel, highly-placed sources said. The sources said the pilot and co-pilot, who have been identified as Colombian and Brazilian, were arrested shortly after the aircraft touched down at the airstrip in Region 8 (Potaro-Siparuni). ...

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WPA wants more info, charges on police killing of Quindon Bacchus

The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) on Wednesday urged the Guyana Police Force to divulge more details about the role of the commanding officer in the shooting of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara resident Quindon Bacchus. “WPA wants the investigators to reveal who gave the orders for the operation in question and why that functionary was not charged. While we welcome ...

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BREAKING: Undercover cop to be charged with murder of Quindon Bacchus

Guyana Police Force Lance Corporal, Kristoff De Nobrega is to be charged with the murder of Quindon Bacchus, and two other lawmen are to be charged with related offences, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Hack said Monday. Bacchus, 23, of Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara was on June 10, 2022 shot multiple times and died at Haslington, East Coast ...

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Cocaine trafficking accused in jail pending trial

Fifty-two year old Andrew Morgan, who is accused of being in possession of 3.27 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, was Wednesday refused bail and remanded to prison, the Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh said. Mr. Morgan, who is represented by Attorney-at-Law Stanley Moore, pleaded not guilty to being in possession of the cocaine ...

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