Cocaine, ganja found on foreign plane worth over $400M


A total of $484.5 million worth of cocaine and marijuana was found on a foreign aircraft that landed illegally at Mahdia, Region Eight ((Potaro-Siparuni) on Sunday.

Police Headquarters in a statement said the cocaine amounted to 639.9 lbs or 290.2 KG  (250 packs) worth $435.3 million and the marijuana amounted to 120.45 lbs or 54.6 KG (50 packs), and together is worth $49.1 million.

Two persons who were immediately arrested after the plane landed have been identified as Mateus Vinicius Pontes Alberto, a 23-year-old Brazilian national, and Rodrigues Canon Dandres Estiven, a 43-year-old Colombian national.

Cellphones and GPS devices belonging to the men were confiscated.

A police vehicle approaches the plane which landed in Madhia

They were transported to the capital, Georgetown late on Sunday as the police carried out their investigations.

Police officers in the interior region told the News Room that the small plane (N5470Z) was carrying large parcels of cocaine with a tag that read “King Coca 30”.

The plane landed just after 14:00 hours on Sunday when it was intercepted by law enforcement in the area.

The white Cessna skyline single-engine airplane is suspected to have come from Venezuela.

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