Businessman charged with trafficking 20lbs cocaine in fish

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A 30-year-old businessman was remanded to prison on Friday, February 9, 2018, for allegedly shipping 20 pounds of cocaine in frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).

Amir Ally of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court and pleaded not guilty to the drug trafficking charge.

It is alleged that Ally on February 6, 2018, at Laparkan Cargo Shed, CJIA, trafficked 9.366 kilograms of cocaine.

His attorney, Bernard DaSilva told the court that the drugs were not found in his client’s possession but was found in the belly of a cargo of frozen fish at the airport.

Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor, Kunyo Sandiford objected to bail based on the seriousness of the charge.

The court heard that the cocaine was concealed in party frozen fish scheduled for export to the United States of America. The shipper, Ally was arrested shortly after.

Bail was refused and he was remanded to prison until March 7, 2018.

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