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Main witness testifies in $550M cocaine bust

first_imgThe lengthy testimony of the key witness in the $550 million cocaine bust of May 2017 at Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Tuesday began before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.The key witness, Hakeem Mohammed, gave his testimony to the court against the five accused – Tazim and Nazim Gafoor; Sherwin DeAbreu; bike racer, Stephen Vieira; and wanted man, Naraine Lall – as to his involvement in the trafficking of some 84.9 kilograms of cocaine discovered by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks in a shipment of wood in front of his Lot 227 Zeelugt, EBE premises.Leading the witness, CANU’s Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford questioned him in the presence of Attorneys for the accused, Glenn Hanoman, Latchmie Rahamat, andFrom left: Sherwayne DeAbreu, Stephen Vieira, Nazim Gaffor and Tazim GafoorDexter Todd.However, in his attempt to halt Mohammed’s testimony, Hanoman turned to his knowledge of the Evidence Act Section 59, disclosing to the witness that anyone called to give evidence that will expose him to criminal charges could refuse to do so.This did not deter Mohammed from revealing what he knew of the drug trafficking group. He gave his account of events which led to the day of the discovery of the drugs by the CANU ranks.Mohammed testified that he was hired by Naraine Lall to work at his sawmill in Parika, EBE, to assist with electrical issues and cleaning machinery.While there, he testified to seeing various men including DeAbreu, John Corby, one called “Rasta” bringing cocaine, which were hidden in garbage bags andWanted man: Naraine Lallwhich were shown to him by Tazim Gafoor, at the sawmill. Tazim Gafoor, he was told by Lall, was his partner.He revealed that Vieira who they (employees at the sawmill) called “white boy” would visit the sawmill to inspect the cocaine operation. According to Mohammed, he saw him at least four times.The cocaine was stashed in a special room at the sawmill and later transferred into the consignment of wood which he (Mohammed) used a machine to dig out.He testified to assisting Tazim Gafoor and “Rasta” in stashing the cocaine inside the wood. After being properly concealed, the wood was left to be shipped.However, on the day of the bust, he explained that his brother drove the truck which contained the wood with the cocaine while he drove another truck with five bundles of wood to the Guyana National Shipping Corp (GNIC) dock.The truck being driven by his brother however broke down on its way. MohammedThe stashed cocaine discoveredrevealed that it was later that he was told by Tazim Gafoor and Vieira that they had document issues and the truck had to turn back.He noted that on that said day, that is May 12, 2017, the reported broken down shipment of wood was taken to his residence to be kept when CANU ranks showed up and made the discovery.Following his testimony on Tuesday, the accused was crossed examined by Attorneys Latchmie Rahamat and Nigel Hughes.Rahamat and Hughes in their questioning suggested that the story Mohammed told to the court was made up.The matter will continue on February 10.The five accused were all charged and remanded to prison in May of 2017 with aiding Hakeem Mohamed between March 1 and May 12, 2017, in trafficking 84.9 kilograms of cocaine at Narine Lall’s Sawmill at Lookout, Parika.They were all later granted bail.last_img read more


first_imgYoung people are been given the chance to learn how to play Golf for free over Easter.The Junior Golf Camp, which is being run by Core Pro Fitness Institute, will give boys and girls from 8-18 the chance to experience the many fun, social and health benefits of playing golf.Speaking about the camp, which will be held at Core Pro Fitness Institute next Tuesday the 26th of April, Tommy Gallagher, Director of Golf Fitness at Core PFI said: “As all our One and Three day camps sold out, we decided to offer young people who do not play the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. “Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by all age groups and studies have shown that players who start at a young age are more likely to play the game into adulthood.”The participants will learn the fundamentals of the swing, including stance, alignment, and grip.They will have the use of all the facilities at Core Pro Fitness Institute including the Golf Analysis Suite, which houses the TrackMan Indoor Driving Range.Talking about his decision to develop the course for younger players, Tommy explained “technical ability, physical fitness and mental agility have become the mainstay of any serious golfer in the modern era, and there is a general recognition in all sports that these disciplines need to be worked on from an early age.” He added: “This camp, which is run by our own Titleist Performance Institute and PGA Professionals, aims to develop these skills and who knows, it may act as a stepping stone for the next Brian McElhinney or Rory McIlroy.”Booking is essential as places are limited.It runs on Tuesday 26th April and is open to 8-18 year olds. Call (074) 9168788 to reserve your place and for further information or email [email protected] GOLF COURSES FOR KIDS LAUNCHED was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegalfree kids golf campsletterkennylast_img read more