Drug Investigators still hunting the ringleaders – 20th Feb 2013
Guyanese Law enforcement officers have arrested three persons and are hunting for other ring leaders in one of the largest drug busts in recent time. Yesterday, the GRA’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) unearthed nearly 360 kilos of cocaine concealed in lumber at a Soesdyke Saw-milling facility. The owner and two managers are in custody. The drugs were destined for Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The discovery was made following discrepancies that the GRA noticed in the Guyana Forest Commission’s documents and what the company actually presented for inspection. The scanned containers caused the agents more concern and a decision was made to detain and search the containers.
The company itself was under the radar for several months, actually, since last October, after intelligence indicated that something was amiss there. Searches of the containers were conducted on the wharf and more information filtered in that the company was in trouble and needed an infusion of cash. The owners of the company have been in arrears in their rents to the landowner at Soesdyke and fees to the Guyana Forestry Commission.
The sawmilling facility at which the drugs were found is located at what is popularly known as the Soesdyke junction where the East Bank public road meets the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.
The Sawmill is operated by individuals from Holland, but there are Guyanese Directors on the board. There is also a Georgetown operation of the company and a forestry concession not very from Linden. Several persons are said to be employed at these locations.
Last week, CANU also found a large shipment of cocaine stashed in a house in Ogle. The investigators are still pursuing the mastermind behind that haul.
The largest ever Drug haul was when CANU unearthed with the help of the DEA, 6940 pounds of cocaine on the MV Danielsen in October 1998, the drugs were found below the cargo hold of the ship in false tanks.