After being on the run for two years, a 44-year-old boat captain has been arrested and is in custody at the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) headquarters.

Farook Baksh called “Dive and Shoot” of Mon Repos North, East Coast Demerara was arrested yesterday around 14:30hrs by ranks of Guyana Police Force, in the same village.

In 2018, CANU issued a wanted bulletin for Baksh after they believed he attempted to smuggle a large quantity of drugs into the country on a vessel.

Baksh reportedly escaped during operations by law enforcement officials at the Mon Repos channel area.

According to information, on the day in question at around 04:00 hrs, CANU ranks intercepted a massive cocaine and marijuana shipment at Mon Repos Channel, East Coast Demerara.

A CANU release said that its ranks seized 82 parcels of cocaine weighing 91.132 kilograms, equivalent to 201 lbs and 98 parcels of cannabis weighing 56.008 kilograms, equivalent to 123 lbs.

Baksh however escaped while the ranks were closing in.  At the time of the search, ranks were able to arrest 51-year-old Azim Baksh called “Bato”, a furniture maker, of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara.

He was later charged and jailed for five years, together with a fine of $221M after being found guilty of trafficking cocaine and marijuana.


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