Guyana implicated in an Italian Cocaine Job
February 11, 2014
US Prosecutors familiar with the Drug Underworld in Guyana have implicated cocaine shipments from this country in an International Drug Conspiracy bridging Guyana, Italy and the US. Court documents filed in both the US and Italy were unsealed over the past week and several persons were arrested today in the US and Italy.
The FBI and Italian Police arrested the over two dozen suspects in connection with the transnational conspiracy to ship over 500 kilos of cocaine out of Guyana. The conspiracy was hatched in New York and Italy and some of the suspects are connected to a Mafia type entity “Ndrangheta”.
The operation named New Bridge details a drug conspiracy that not only has mafia connections but involves at least one Chinese Alexander Chan with ties to mainland China and Taiwan, construction in Guyana and elsewhere. The court documents reveal that Chan was captured in consensually recorded meetings and phone calls discussing and participating in a heroin transaction and the conspiracy to ship cocaine from Guyana to Italy. The document also names a Dominic Ali who it is claimed assisted in facilitating the money laundering operation. The Brooklyn-based mob was infiltrated by an undercover agent code-named ‘Jimmy’
The Court documents link Pineapple and Coconut Milk Cocaine Shipments discovered in Malaysia over a year ago, to the Italian New Bridge Conspiracy. The court documents reveal that Mexican Drug Cartel operatives were facilitating the movements out of Guyana.
Investigators estimate the street value of the cocaine at about one billion US dollars. Hundreds of thousands of dollars laundered through US banks were seized.
As this newscast has been reporting over the years, the tightening of the Pacific and the Caribbean/Atlantic corridors into the United States by Drug Enforcement Agents forced the Drug trade to move laterally into Europe and Africa. Now there is strong evidence of collaboration to bring down the traffickers wherever they may roam.