September 29, 2016

Self-confessed drug baron accuses “CANU rank” of facilitating drug shipments

Dataram revelations

– says drug lords pay $10M to pass cocaine

By Edward Layne

Self-confessed drug baron Barry Dataram is accusing a Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) rank of facilitating the shipment of cocaine out of Guyana.

Self –confessed drug baron and controversial figure Barry Dataram

Self –confessed drug baron and controversial figure Barry Dataram

In a bombshell interview with television reporter Travis Chase, Dataram, who was once wanted by US authorities for conspiracy to traffic cocaine and cocaine trafficking, said the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may have an interest in this particular anti-drug agent, whose name he refused to reveal.

He said that while he has never shipped cocaine using that particular CANU officer, he has many friends in the drug underworld who did.

“Not me, I never had no dealings with he. I won’t lie pon he if me and he had do business I woulda tell you right now and through my friends them I can’t call he name, but he is one they would gah get extradite too,” Dataram said in the interview.

He also alleged that the CANU officer has a payment plan in place to allow the illicit drug to pass.
“He is the one allowing it to pass, he teking $10 million …half up front and half when it left,” the self-confessed drug baron stated.

Drug underworld
Dataram also detailed how the drug underworld operated and explained the process used by traffickers to get the illicit substance out of the country

“Well, obviously you gah get a shipper, you gah get a receiver, you got to get people who doing it already, you can’t just do it right away, however, you want send it, you can’t send it on the first: you gah get people who already doing this stuff, and then you gotta find the man who it is gah go through; remember he don’t come direct and tell you,” Dataram said.

CANU responds
In a statement on Monday evening, CANU Head James Singh said Dataram’s “savagery” against CANU may be as a result of his uneasiness owing to the commencement of his trial for possession of 129.230kg of cocaine that was found in shrimp at his Lot 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X, Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residence on April 16, 2015.

Singh said that CANU welcomed the “frank confessions” of Dataram as to his involvement in the narcotics trade, and urged him and “others” like himself connected to the narcotics trade, both small and large, mules and traffickers alike, to go to the nearest court, police station and/or the CANU headquarters in Georgetown to provide useful intelligence on past and ongoing investigations and operations.

“CANU welcomes further public confessions of criminal elements. CANU urges the citizenry to stand up, speak out, to have the tenacity to testify against the elements of the narcotic trade; and help the Unit make Guyana a safer place,” he stated.

Singh added that CANU agreed that all law enforcement bodies should operate justly and within the confines of the law, and noted that this was a welcomed wave of change as Guyanese should continue to adopt this apparently new stance of intolerance to white-collar crime plaguing Guyana.

The CANU Head noted in a previous interview with Guyana Times that any allegation of wrongdoing by any member of CANU would be investigated.

“As I said, I wait to hear what is said and then based on what is said, we would then proceed from there… any allegation made against any member of CANU will obviously be investigated,” Singh concluded.

Dataram gained notoriety in 2007 following the kidnapping of his wife Sheleza and their three-year-old daughter by two Venezuelans, one of whom was later shot dead in a confrontation with Police.

He was then arrested and detained by Police beyond the 72-hour constitutional detention period. His lawyers subsequently approached the court with a Habeas Corpus Writ, but the Police asked for an extension to conclude their investigation into the kidnapping, which they said was drug-related. What followed was a series of court appearances during which Dataram was twice set free and rearrested.
He was finally set free in December 2008.

Then, in July 2015, Dataram, his 19-year-old reputed wife Anjanie Boodnarine, as well as Trevor Gouveia and Komal Charan were jointly charged for 129.230kg of cocaine that was found in the frozen seafood on April 16.
He was also found to be in possession of a quantity of firearms and ammunition. He subsequently secured $4 million bail from the High Court and another $400,000 in bail for the weapons charge.
His 19-year-old reputed wife was also granted bail in the High Court in the sum of $1.5 million, along with the two other accused.

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