Category Archives: Illegal Drugs / Trafficking

Police narcotics rank remanded on drugs-related offenses

TWENTY-FOUR-year-old Ian Johnson, a rank of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) attached to the Canine Section of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Narcotics Branch, and stationed at Ogle International Airport, appeared yesterday before Magistrate Sueanna Lovell at the Sparendaam court and was remanded to prison until June 13 on two narcotics charges.

Johnson pleaded not guilty to both charges, one of which alleges that
on Wednesday, May 21, at Ogle International Airport, he had in his possession 5.574 kilogrammes (kgs) of cannabis sativa (marijuana) for the purpose of trafficking.

The other charge states that Johnson also had, on the day in question, 2.286 kg of cocaine to traffick.

Johnson’s attorney, Ms. Gwendolyn Bristol, failed to secure bail for her client.

Nineteen-year-old Anastasia Latoya Crawford of Lot 29 Fort Street, Kingston was also remanded to prison last Wednesday in relation to this same drug bust at Ogle International Airport, East Coast Demerara.

Police investigations revealed that prior to Crawford committing the offence, Johnson and Mark ‘Polo’ had visited her at her home in Kinston, where arrangements had been made. On the day Crawford was busted, Johnson had allegedly been monitoring her via her cell phone. He had been contacting her and instructing her ‘who to go to’.

Crawford had revealed his name to investigators, and she had also positively identified him. A confrontation had been arranged, but Johnson had strongly denied the allegation.

(By Geeta Rampersaud)

Minibus conductor, businessman charged for drug possession

A minibus conductor of Victoria, East Coast Demerara and a businessman from East Ruimveldt, Georgetown were yesterday remanded to prison, after they appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore on separate drug related charges.
The defendants, Eucland Frank, 26 and Jason Cummings, 31, were allegedly found in possession of 2.5 grammes of cocaine and one gram of Ecstasy tablets, respectively.
Both defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges
According to the allegations, on Monday at Hadfield Street Georgetown, Frank was found with the cocaine tucked in the waist of his pants during a search, which was conducted by the police on mobile patrol.
The police allegedly found the prohibited drug in Cummings’ pants pocket, while he was in the vicinity of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, on Saturday.
Both men were represented by Attorney-at-Law, Paul Fung-A-Fat, who requested bail on the grounds that the drugs were not found on his clients or in their possession.
Fung-A-Fat contended that the drug said to be Frank’s were found in a yard on Hadfield Street.
In regards to Cummings, the lawyer argued that the drug was found in a taxi in which there were three other persons.
However, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Deneshwer Mahendranaught, objected to bail on the grounds that no special reason was given to the court for Frank to be placed on bail.
The Assistant Superintendent of Police also argued that Cummings along with others were in a taxi when it was stopped at a roadblock, and a search was carried out on the occupants of the car.  The Ecstasy tablets were found in his pants pocket.
Bail was refused for both defendants who will now return to Court on June 12.

Power-lifting champ arrested at JFK with cocaine in stomach

National power lifting champion, Colin Aubrey Chesney, also known as “Mr. Clean” remains in police custody in the United States after he was busted at the John.F.Kennedy (JFK) airport with cocaine.

Colin Chesney during a power lifting session (file photo)

Chesney was detained on Saturday just as he arrived at JFK on a Caribbean Airlines flight from Guyana.
According to a copy of the court complaint document Kaieteur News was able to access, Chesney knowingly swallowed cocaine.
The document stated that on May 24 customs agents approached Chesney and requested to inspect him. During the inspection, Chesney appeared “unusually nervous. Specifically, the defendant was physically shaking and sweating heavily.”
As a result of this reaction, “Mr. Clean” was taken to a private room for a secondary search where he was found to be ‘not so clean.’
It was during that search that the nervous Guyanese sportsman told Customs Inspectors that he had swallowed “foreign bodies”.
Kaieteur News understands that Chesney was taken to a medical facility at the JFK Airport after he gave written consent for an x-ray to be conducted on him. This confirmed what the bodybuilder had earlier revealed. The x-ray of his intestinal tract showed that “foreign bodies” were lodged there.
Chesney subsequently passed 33 pellets, one of which was probed and found to contain a “white powdery substance” which was positively tested as cocaine.
He was then placed under arrest but kept in the medical facility at JFK, since investigators believe there may be more cocaine pellets in his body.
Chesney is expected to remain in the facility until he passes all of the pellets believed to be in his intestinal tract.
When contacted yesterday, President of the Guyana Amateur Power lifting Federation, Peter Green said that Chesney was not in the USA to, in anyway, represent the federation.
He said he could not comment any further as he needs to “read about what’s really happening…de chap didn’t live here nor dwell here so I don’t know why every news agency calling me…I feel like an oracle.”
Meanwhile, agents of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit yesterday afternoon arrested a female U.S citizen at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) after in excess of six pounds of cocaine was found in frozen fish which was in her suitcases.
The woman, who has not been identified, was an outgoing passenger on a New York bound Caribbean Airlines flight when she was searched.
Kaieteur News understands that the woman was arrested and taken into police custody.