A Guyanese man is now in Police custody awaiting charges after he was arrested while attempting to traffic marijuana out of Guyana on Sunday at the Ogle International Airport.
According to information received, on Sunday about 13:50h, ranks of the Police Narcotics Unit on duty at the Ogle Airport conducted a search on an outgoing Guyanese man and during this exercise, the illicit substance – 17.572 kilograms – was found in his luggage. He was arrested, and an investigation was launched.
It has been indicated that the man will be making a Court appearance shortly.
Over the years, several persons have been arrested attempting to smuggle narcotics through the Airport. On August 22, 2015, Lovern Hendricks, 39, of Lot 3592 Westminster Phase Two, West Bank Demerara and Angel Smith, 23, of Lot 945 Westminster Phase One, were outgoing passengers at the Ogle International Airport when they were intercepted with over two kilograms of cocaine strapped to their bodies.
Shanda Nichols, a resident of Albouystown, was then arrested on September 4, 2015 after she was busted by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) with 500 grams of cocaine strapped to her girdle and another portion in her genitals. The woman was attempting to board a LIAT flight to Barbados when she was arrested. She was later prosecuted and sentenced to three years in prison. Following that incident, a 60-year-old woman was busted with 4.1 kilograms of cannabis in her possession at the Airport while attempting to leave Guyana.