Over $187M in illegal drugs destroyed by Police
Ranks of the Narcotics Branch of the CID Headquarters, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Ministry of Public Security were joined by members of the media in Yarrowkabra on the Linden Soesdyke Highway Saturday morning to witness the destruction of GY$96,567,347 worth of cocaine and approximately GY$91,083,885 in marijuana.
Also destroyed was 602 grams of an unknown substance that could not be classified after testing in both local and overseas facilities.
The illegal substances destroyed accounted for cases from 2013 to present that was successfully concluded in the courts.
In the spirit of transparency, CANU’s Deputy Director Lesley Ramlall invited members of the media to randomly select samples of Cocaine, Heroin and Cannabis to be tested and verified by Analysts of the Ministry of Public Security’s Science Lab before the destruction exercise began.
Large packages of narcotics were then tossed into a pit where they were set on fire.
All possible remains were buried by police ranks before departure from the location.
“About two or three weeks ago, we had a seizure at Laparkan with cannabis coming from the United States. Last year, we had a seizure with cannabis coming from Canada, so that is something that as law enforcement we now have to be aware of and it certainly poses another challenge for Guyana and all law enforcement agencies” Ramlall told the media.
He further noted, “it is not only for law enforcement, but what about all those carriers, what about all those agencies that are involved in trading and even to importers, you have to be much more careful now with your commodities coming into Guyana and the possibility of people attempting to put illegal substances within your container or your shipment.”