The two men who were accused of attempting to traffic 9.366 kilograms of cocaine in frozen fish to the USA were each sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and fined $25M when they appeared moments ago in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Amir Ally, 30, of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, and canter truck driver Baldeo Persaud, 32, of 47 Kingston Street, ‘C’ Field Leonora, West Coast Demerara, were jointly charged with the offence.
According to reports, the men, on February 6, 2018 at Laparkan Cargo Shed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), trafficked 9.366 kilograms of cocaine.
The ruling was handed down by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
The magistrate, in handing down her ruling, told the court that after perusing the evidence led by Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit ( CANU) Prosecutor Narissa Leander, she was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendants committed the offence.
According to information, on the day in question ranks from CANU conducted a search on boxes which had already been packed out at the Cargo Shed at the airport.
During the search, ranks found a quantity of cocaine stashed in frozen fish destined for the USA. An investigation was then carried out and Ally and Persaud were arrested and charged.