http://www.tntmirror.com/sunday/2005/oct02/story06.htm

BWIA in Guyana coke bust

MORE cocaine has been discovered bound for a BWIA plane at Timehri Airport, Guyana.

The aircraft was destined for Canada, and the illegal drugs were found last Saturday in a passenger’s suitcase.

The quantity of drugs seized was said to be in the vicinity of 15 kilos.

An employee at the airport and two passengers booked to travel on the flight were reportedly arrested.

The discovery was made by members of the Guyana’s Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) as passengers were about to board the flight, BW616, at about 10 p.m.

There are concerns that someone at the airport may have switched tags on a passenger’s suitcase in order to smuggle the drugs.

Sources revealed that there appears to be an ongoing racket whereby airport employees collude with smugglers to switch passengers’ luggage in order to facilitate the smuggling of cocaine, especially.

“This is the third incident of its kind within recent times,” it was revealed. But on previous occasions, the drugs were discovered only after they had reached their destinations.

“Around 92 kilos of cocaine were discovered at the Miami Airport about three weeks ago, and in August, another suitcase was detected in Canada.”

Sources further revealed that BWIA and other authorities in Guyana have high-tech surveillance cameras at the Timehri Airport.