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A 28-year-old man, Esmond Jermaine Anderson, of Number Five village, West Coast, Berbice was on Friday arrested after a quantity of cocaine was discovered in a bowl of fried rice he was carrying at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
In a press release the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) said that its officers intercepted Anderson who was about to travel on Jet Blue Airways Flight 2166 destined for John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport. A search of his suitcase, which was done in his presence, resulted in the discovery of a white substance suspected to be cocaine concealed in a bowl with fried rice. A test was conducted on the substance and it that the substance was cocaine.
Anderson was arrested and escorted to CANU Headquarters with the narcotic. The cocaine was weighed and it weighed 6.605lbs with a street value of approximately $17,220,000 (US$84,000). The investigation into the matter is ongoing.