The Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has conducted an extensive investigation into the handling, shipping and export of a shipment of white rice in which 1.5 tons of Cocaine was uncovered.
The Unit said that it has not yet found conclusive evidence that suggests that the suspected narcotic was loaded onto the contaminated container in Guyana.
” It is key to note that the said vessel which departed Guyana arrived on June 7th, 2020 in another territory where the said 12 containers were reportedly off loaded in that territory and remained in –transit for a total of 6 days after which those 12 containers which included the one later found to be contaminated were then re-loaded onto another vessel different from the vessel that initially transported those 12 containers from Guyana,” CANU said.
Futher, the unit said that it was confirmed that all 12 of the containers were scanned locally by GRA operatives and no narcotic was detected nor were their seals appeared to have been tampered with.
Be that as it may, Guyana Standard would have reported based on reliable sources close to the investigation that the container was shipped by popular rice miller, Nand Persaud.
A few days ago, authorities in Hamburg, Germany said that they were probing the discovery of 1.5 tons of cocaine, which was found concealed between sacks of rice that entered the country in a cargo ship container from Guyana.
The seizure was made after investigators at the Joint Customs and Police Investigation Group (JIT) reportedly received a tip-off about drug smuggling.
The cocaine which has an estimated street value of around €300 million (US$353 million) was hidden between sacks of rice in the container which came from Guyana, the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper said.
It is considered one of the largest quantities ever seized in the northern German port city.