Guyana Customs seizes 54 pounds of cocaine
54 pounds of cocaine seized at the Georgetown wharf, Guyana. Photo: CMC

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Members of Guyana’s Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) on Saturday discovered 21 parcels of cocaine inside a container of the Demerara Shipping Limited at the Georgetown wharf.

A press release from CANU stated that the illegal substance weighed 24.63 kilograms (54 pounds) and has a street value of approximately GUY$17 million (One Guyana dollar=US$0.004 cents).

“However, the fact that it was discovered on the wharf, indicates that it was intended for transshipment to another overseas territory which would have increased its street value,” the release noted.

“It must be mentioned that staff from CANU and other agencies recently participated in several maritime training courses which included container cargo operations and vessel searches.

“These courses were facilitated by the UNODC and United States government and were aimed at strengthening the capabilities of law enforcement units operating at port facilities throughout the country,” CANU concluded.

An investigation is currently underway.

Candice Haughton

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