Lethem cops catch Brazilian wanted man

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The notorious Roger Batalha Rodrigues, who was among 99 persons that escaped from a prison in neigbouring Brazil, was captured by police ranks of the Mounted Branch stationed in Lethem, while on patrol on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in the Takatu River area.

According to a police release, Rodrigues was detained for questioning after he began to act in a suspicious manner when he saw the ranks.

A member of the Guyana Police Force Mounted Branch

The escapee, who at the time of escape was serving a sentence for vehicular theft, has since been handed over to law enforcement officials in Brazil.

The Guyana Police in its statement noted that since the establishment of the Mounted Branch in Lethem on December 04, 2015, a number of persons have been arrested, charged and committed to prison for various offences including trafficking and possession of narcotics and possession of ammunition.

“The Section has in its pool of resources a number of fit stallions that are always champing at the bit to stretch their legs on the wide open savannahs in running down those elements of society that have ran afoul of the law. It is currently headed by the hardworking and surely capable, Superintendent of Police Michael Sutton who is supported by Corporal 18250 Fitzgerald Adolphus and several other ranks with years of experience in the Mounted Section of the Force,” the force noted.

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