FOLLOWING the discovery of over 20 pounds of cocaine in frozen fish at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) cargo area, a Goed Fortuin businessman was on Friday charged and remanded to prison for drug trafficking.
Amair Ally, 30, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied that on February 6,2018, at the Laparkan Cargo Shed at the CJIA, he trafficked in 9.366 kilogrammes of cocaine.
Ally’s attorney Bernard DaSilva told the court that the drugs were not found in his client’s possession. DaSilva further disclosed that his client did not package or prepare the cargo where the alleged drug was found.
Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutor Kunyo Sandiford objected to bail on grounds of the seriousness of the charge and also the fact that the defendant poses a flight risk.
The cargo containing the fish was searched by CANU officers at the Laparkan Cargo Shed at CJIA where the discovery was made, concealed in the bellies of the frozen fish destined for the United States of America.
The magistrate after considering the objection raised by the prosecutor remanded Ally until March 7.