Ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Saturday discovered 24.63 kilograms of cocaine at the Demerara Shipping Limited (DSL), Wharf on Lombard Street, Georgetown.
CANU, in a release, said that an operation was conducted at the wharf, during which a bag containing several parcels of suspected cocaine was found inside a container.
The suspected narcotics were transported to CANU’s Headquarters, where it was tested and confirmed to be cocaine.
There were 21 parcels of cocaine, which amounted to 24.63 kg and had a street value of approximately $17 million.
“However, the fact that it was discovered on the wharf indicates that it was intended for transshipment to another overseas territory which would have increased its street value,” CANU stated.
Only recently, staff from CANU and other agencies participated in several maritime training courses, which included container cargo, operations, and vessel searches.
These courses were facilitated by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United States of America government and aimed to strengthen the capabilities of law enforcement units operating at port facilities throughout the country.