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.
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.