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Airport staff in custody following cocaine find

Several baggage handlers and ramp attendants at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan Airport were taken into custody and questioned after another major drug find at the airport. This one, beyond the security checkpoints.

Security sources have confirmed that 25 blocks of cocaine weighing over 50 pounds were found stashed away in a bag in one of the baggage carts, used to transfer the bags of passengers from the security check points to the aircraft for loading.

The early morning bust saw CANU agents and the Police moving in and arresting a number of the baggage and ramp attendants who were on duty at the time of the bust. There were a number of US-bound flights this morning and it is believed that one of those flights was being targeted for the cocaine stash.

Just recently the airport and the drug enforcement agencies launched a probe into just how cocaine continues to make it pass the security checkpoints at the airport. A few months back, an airline staff had discovered a drug laden bag on the inside of the airport’s fence close to the runway. That matter is still under probe.

The baggage handlers and ramp attendants are usually employed by private companies based at the airport and there have always been concern about some of the persons able to get direct access to the aircraft.

Over the years there have been a number of big drug busts overseas after the pushers would have been able to make it pass local security. Guyana’s drug enforcement agencies were being pressured to do more to combat the problem especially the trafficking through the international airport.

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