Two foreign nationals, who were arrested after they landed at the Mahdia airstrip, were today remanded for two charges.

David Caicedo Villa a 32-year-old pilot of Villavicencio, Colombia, and Gustavo Adolfo Riascos Gomez a 48-year-old pilot/businessman of Tachira San Cristobal, Venezuela were charged with illegal entry and illegal possession of two grams of cannabis.
The men were before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. They were remanded until November 16.

On November 4, the Law enforcement and aviation authorities confirmed that an unregistered aircraft in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) landed at the Mahdia airstrip.

The two foreign nationals were aboard the aircraft when it landed and were taken into police custody. The Guyana Police Force on Friday morning reported that the ranks of Mahdia Police Station observed the aircraft circling the airstrip in an attempt to land at about 18:00 hrs on Thursday.

As a result, the police said ranks immediately went to the airstrip and on arrival around 18:05 hrs, a six seater Piper aircraft was seen on the ground in front of Trans Guyana’s hangar. The men were standing in front of the aircraft talking to the security and ramp attendant.

A search of the men and the plane found nothing illegal. The aircraft contained three 15 gallon drums – two of which contained fuel -, personal effects and two grams of suspected cannabis with bamboo wrap.


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