GRA Feeling the Heat for Shipment Of Cocaine to Jamaica
A high level meeting between the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Forestry Commission was held today with the customs anti narcotics unit as the probe continues into that shipment of cocaine to Jamaica in a container of timber from Guyana.
Reports indicate that the meeting found that the forestry commission really played no part in the clearing of the container and only focused on its usual responsibilities with regard to timber and wood exports. All the attention now is on the revenue authority and its staff who overlooked the packing and shipment of the container.
Even the forklift operator has been quizzed about the container and asked about its appearance when he loaded it onto the boat.
Reports state that the container was packed and sealed at Houston and brought to the city and the John fernandes wharf for shipment. Investigators were told that when the container left Guyana the seal was intact, however Jamaican authorities were triggered to search the container after they realized that it arrived in Jamaica with no seal.
The shipper a Chinese national was still being questioned today our sources said although he has tried to explain that when the container was sealed there was nothing other than the timber shipment inside. A customs officer has given a similar statement to the investigators.
The embarrassing drug bust in Jamaica may now force the administration to rethink its decision to remove the customs anti narcotics unit from the seaports. The over 200 pounds of cocaine was found in 6 large bags and is valued at over ½ billion Guyana dollars.