CANU releases ace rider, arrest warrant discharged

first_img0M cocaine bustAce rider Steven Vieira, whom the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) had wanted for questioning in connection with the $550 million cocaine bust at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, has been released on his own recognisance.Stephen VieiraVieira appeared before the Chief Magistrate on Monday, represented by Attorney-at-law Latchmie Rahamat, who successfully applied for the CANU arrest warrant, issued on May 16th following the discovery of the cocaine, to be discharged.Speaking later with Guyana Times, the attorney explained that her client had, on Thursday evening, been arrested by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit; but the 72-hour detention period has elapsed, hence her client has been released without any charges being laid against him.She, however, noted that the CANU investigations are continuing, and her client intends to co-operate because he intends to clear his name and establish his innocence of any implication in drug-trafficking.The attorney contends that while her client’s name indeed appears on documents that relate to the shipping of the lumber, none of the lumber was found in his possession.Vieira had been arrested on Thursday evening moments after disembarking a Fly Jamaica flight at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport. He was reportedly in Jamaica for the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship, but when the ongoing narcotics investigation became known, the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club suspended his racing licence, making him ineligible to participate in the action.However, following his arrest, he gave a detailed statement to the investigating officers through his attorney.Two Fridays ago, members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber that was being prepared for export to the United States.During the search, several boards were reportedly drilled randomly, and a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine was detected. The truck was escorted to CANU Headquarters, where the lumber was further examined, and it was discovered that each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing cocaine pasted therein.A total of 84.986 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $550 million, was unearthed. At the time, four workers at the lumber yard were taken into police custody, but were released on Monday last after it was established that they were only contracted to transport the lumber.Meanwhile, further investigations by the CANU ranks have led to the arrest of popular race car driver Nazim Gafoor and Haleem Mohamed. Gafoor’s father, as well as Stephen Vieira, was listed by CANU as a person of interest.Vieira has been listed on the shipping documents as the representative of Naraine Lall, who is the shipper of the consignment of lumber. With the help of the law enforcement officers, Tazim Gafoor was arrested and handed over to CANU.The Gafoors and Mohamed were subsequently released, but are expected to report to the CANU Headquarters on a daily basis. Narine Lall, the owner of the sawmill, is still out of the jurisdiction.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S senior ladies footballers got some great news today – their Ulster semi-final clash with Armagh has been fixed after the men and minors take on Antrim.Donegal’s Senior Men play Antrim in Clones on Sunday week (June 22) at 2pm, just after the Men’s Minors (12.15pm).The Ladies game has now been fixed for 5pm – in Lisnaskea…on the road home from Clones. “We’re absolutely delighted with the venue and the time,” senior ladies manager Davy McLaughlin told Donegal Daily.“We’re hoping that as many Donegal fans as possible come along and support us in our semi-final against Armagh.“It’s on the road home from Clones, so it works out very well.“I just hope now we will be celebrating a treble semi-final success for Donegal gaelic games next Sunday.” McLaughlin has been putting his team through their paces in the build-up to the Championship clash with a series of challenge games.Over in the men’s camp, Jim McGuinness is hoping to take his senior side through to an Ulster final.“It would be great to have all three teams in Ulster finals,” said Davy.“We’d be very grateful to every fan who comes along to Lisnaskea to get behind the girls in this campaign.” IT’S A TREBLE HEADER! DONEGAL LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TIMED TO PERFECTION was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Antrimarmaghdonegal ladiesGaelic FootballLisnaskealast_img read more