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Former media worker caught with cocaine strapped to body to know fate today

Zanneel Williams

Zanneel Nirmala Williams, 25, who was caught attempting to smuggle over 20 pounds of cocaine onto a flight in April, will know her fate today.

On April 25, Williams of Lamaha Gardens, Georgetown, was hauled before Magistrate Sunil Scare in the Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrate's Court and admitted to trafficking 9.628 kilograms of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on April 22, 2022.

Her alleged accomplices, former Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) Officer Anil Sookhoo and Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Officer Shameka Caesar, had pleaded not guilty and were released on $750,000 bail each.

Co-accused Shameka Caesar and Anil Sookhoo

Magistrate Scare had ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Williams along with a probation report. Once that is read today, the magistrate will hand down a sentence.

Attorney-at-Law Lloyd Conway is representing Williams, Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes is representing Caesar, and Sookhoo is being represented by Attorney-at-Law Adrian Thompson.

On April 22, 2022, CANU Officers at the airport intercepted Williams, who was an outgoing passenger destined for the United States, with a quantity of suspected cocaine concealed within her carry-on bag.

She was arrested and escorted to CANU's Headquarters with the suspected narcotics, and a further search of her revealed a quantity of suspected cocaine strapped to her body.

The narcotics tested positive for cocaine, with a total weight of 9.6 kilograms with a street value of over $5 million. Further investigations led to the arrests of Sookhoo and Caesar.


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