GUYANA: Man wanted in connection with Belgium coke seizure; broker arrested

What Belgian authorities found.

Nov 07, 2020 – Kaieteur News – As the Belgian authorities continue their probe, local investigators have arrested a broker and are looking for a businessman who is said to be a person of interest in one of biggest drug bust of that European country.

The probe is involving the Belgian authorities, the US’ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Guyana’s Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU).   

Giving an update yesterday, head of the CANU, James Singh, disclosed that two persons initially held on Thursday when the story broke- a broker and his mother- were released after new information came to light.

Another broker was then arrested. CANU is also actively trying to locate Marlon Primo, said to be the brother of local artiste, Jomo ‘Rubber Waist’ Primo.

Primo is said to be the principal in a company call MA Trading, which has its business place at Atlantic Ville, East Coast Demerara.
MA Trading is the company that shipped the container. The container which was seized in Belgium was ascertained to the same one that left Guyana, Kaieteur News was told.

Belgian prosecutors said Thursday they have dealt a new blow to a recently disbanded drug gang led by a former Belgian police chief as they announced the largest-ever drug bust shipment “in the world”, after finding 11.5 tonnes of cocaine in a scrap metal shipment from Guyana.
Here, head of Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit, James Singh, had initially disclosed that two persons have been detained.

Local investigators were trying to determine if the containers seized in Belgium are the same ones that left Guyana.

According to the story in the Brussel Times, counter-narcotics prosecutors said they had tracked the trans-Atlantic journey of the cocaine from Guyana, and seized it upon its arrival at the Port of Antwerp.

The catch is “the largest overseas drug bust ever, worldwide,” federal prosecutors told Belgian media, estimating the street value of the drug load at €900 million. The massive load of cocaine left a port in Guyana on late October and prosecutors were able to track, following the dismantlement of a drug trafficking gang led by a former Belgian counter-narcotics chief which revealed the existence of tight-knit links between criminal gangs and counter-narcotics and law enforcement officials.

Three police officers, a port manager and a lawyer were among some 20 other criminals arrested as part of the operation targeting the “well-structured” criminal organisation suspected of orchestrating large and “regular” drug shipments from South America to Belgium.

The record-breaking shipment was expected by law enforcement officials as it is suspected it left the port of Guyana after the drug gang’s arrest in Belgium, with drug gangs unable to intercept it once at sea, De Standaard reports.

It was disguised as scrap metal and placed inside a steel container which was in turn packed into a sea container and loaded into a transatlantic vessel. The dismantlement of the drug gang in late September led to the arrest and indictment of 22 people, with three people still in the Netherlands awaiting extradition. Following the bust on Wednesday, three others were arrested, including one person who is facing extradition to Belgium from the Netherlands.

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  • Dennis Albert  On November 7, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Rubber waist or he buddy can have the mechanisms and the PPP hoarded capital to export drugs to dem Dutch man in Belgium? Everyone know who capable of exporting drugs. Just look at the six to fifteen story buildings across GT.

    • the only  On November 8, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      YOU ARE RIGHT, EVERYTHING BAD IS THE PPP FAULT. WHEN THE SLAVES CAME TO BRITISH GUIANA IT WAS THE PPP FAULT.

      • Dennis Albert  On November 8, 2020 at 6:43 pm

        Every Guyanese who had an ancestor from African slaves knew that it was the DUTCH who brought us here from West Africa to work in the Dutch colonies of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice during the 1500s to early 1800s

        After Holland lost the war in 1814, the British was given Guyana. Slavery was abolished a decade later

        The British brought indentured labourers to drive down the prices of wages as punishment for the freed slaves. The Indian labourers were dirt poor, barefoot and they were conned into working for the British. They chose to stay in British Guiana because where they lived in India was dirt poor, and to this day, remains dirt poor and a s-hole.

  • guyaneseonline  On November 10, 2020 at 12:03 am

    GRA scanner image of scrap metal container deleted; customs officers, broker locked up
    Demerara Waves: Denis Chabrol in Business, Crime, News, 8 November 2020,

    The false inside of a shipping container that contained 11.5 tons of cocaine that Belgian authorities said came from Guyana.

    The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is making efforts to recover a scanner image of one of the scrap metal containers in in which 11.5 tons of cocaine worth more than GYD$220 billion have been busted by Belgian authorities.

    Sources believed that there was some collusion to delete the image from the system, but the Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Godfrey Statia said experts would resort to a data recovery system to retrieve the image. “The containers were scanned, and the image is being restored for evaluation by the experts,” he told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online News.

    In all five containers of scrap metal left Guyana for Europe.

    Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Joseph Singh would only say that the GRA has not yet provided the image due to a technical glitch.

    The CANU Chief said the customs officer, who was responsible for the sealing of the shipping container, the two officers who were working at the container scanner at the time, and the customs broker were locked up at a police station as investigators tried to piece together information.

    Mr. Singh said Marlon Primo of MA Trading registered at 35 Factory Road, Paradise, East Coast Demerara was still wanted for questioning by CANU agents as it was his company that exported the scrap metal. The CANU Head said anti-drug agents were now looking for Mr. Primo’s girlfriend because they believed that she might be harbouring him from law enforcers.

    The woman has since deleted her Facebook account, Singh noted.

    Belgian authorities have said they had been keeping an eye on the shipment since it left Guyana on September 25. The containers were discharged in transit at Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe, a French Caribbean dependency, on September 28 where they remained until October 3 when they left on a vessel direct to Zeebrugge in Belgium where it arrived on 15 October.

    The catch is “the largest overseas drug bust ever, worldwide,” federal prosecutors told Belgian media, estimating the street value of the drug load at €900 million.

  • brandli62  On November 10, 2020 at 7:06 am

    The Ali administration has been silent for days about this story that damages the image of Guyana abroad. What is going on?

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