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Over $484M worth of cocaine, marijuana found on plane at Mahdia

A whopping $484,552,320 worth of cocaine and marijuana was found on the plane, which made an illegal stop at the Mahdia Airstrip, Region Eight, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) said that the plane landed at about 14:20h and had a large quantity of suspected cocaine and cannabis. A Colombian and a Brazilian national were arrested.

The Brazilian national was identified as Mateus Vinicius Pontes Alberto, 23, while the Colombian was identified as Rodrigues Canon Dandres Estiven, 43.

The white Cessna skyline single-engine airplane is suspected of having come from Venezuela.

Some of the drugs found on the airplane

A search of the aircraft, with tail number N5470Z, unearthed ten large parcels containing suspected cocaine and one small parcel containing suspected cannabis.

“The suspected cocaine and cannabis were seized along with one satellite phone, two GPS, two cellular phones, one Icon radio set along with documents,” the police statement said.

Both men were escorted to the GPF’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Leary, where the parcels were weighed in their presence and amounted to 290.2 kilograms and 54.6 kilograms of cannabis.

The cannabis had a value of $49,171,680 while the cocaine valued $435, 380,640. Investigations are ongoing.


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