100 pounds of cocaine shipped overseas under APNU+AFC Govt- Minister Benn

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Some 99.173 pounds of cocaine were reported to have originated from Guyana and intercepted in another country, between August 1, 2015, and January 1, 2016, during the reign of the APNU+AFC Government.

Minister of Home Affairs, Robeson Benn made the information available to the National Assembly Thursday, in a written reply to questions posed by Opposition Member of Parliament, Jermaine Figueira.

The amount declared by the minister shows almost five times more than the 19.066 pounds allegedly shipped from Guyana’s shores and seized in another country, between August 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021.

Minister Benn said between August 1, 2015, and January 1, 2016, cocaine was allegedly shipped from Guyana to a second country seven times. “On four occasions the information was passed to counterparts from Guyana,” he added.

In contrast, between August 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, Minister Benn stated that cocaine was allegedly shipped from Guyana to a second country only three times.

It was disclosed that from August 1, 2020, to April 1, 2021, two males were apprehended and charged with trafficking/possession of 7.26 pounds of narcotics.

Additionally, the minister said there were three incidences where cocaine was intercepted overseas that were allegedly shipped from Guyana.

On May 26, 2020, 1.5 tonnes of cocaine were allegedly shipped from Guyana to Hamburg, Germany, and was intercepted in August 2020.

Another 11.2 tonnes of cocaine were allegedly transported from Guyana to Antwerp, Belgium on September 25, 2020, and was intercepted in October of that year.

Meanwhile, 307.324 pounds of cocaine was intercepted on March 2, 2021, after allegedly being sent to Jamaica from Guyana.

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