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Venezuela: Illicit Trade Represents 21% of Venezuela’s GDP: Is This Our Post-Oil Future?

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Tony Frangie Mawad | Caracas Chronicles

 After calculating the current annual worth of drug, gold and gasoline trafficking and port smuggling in Venezuela, a study by the local chapter of the anti-corruption nonprofit Transparency International — with estimates from Ecoanalítica, a Venezuelan economic consulting firm — concluded that these illegal economies made up 21.74% of Venezuela’s GDP last year.

“This means they are more powerful than any other economic sector right now, including oil,” says Mercedes De Freitas, Transparencia Venezuela’s executive director. “And we are talking only about the size of four of these economies, the most important ones. THERE ARE OTHER ILLICIT TRADES: Certain types of food smuggling, diesel smuggling, cooking gas trafficking, human trafficking or timber trafficking, which could be important in some regions.”       Continue reading

DRUG SMUGGLING: Crashed plane with cocaine and another at Issano Mazaruni – one dead. 3 arrested

  Sep 16, 2020  News      Crashed cocaine airplane… – seized drugs weighed 390 kilos

The 206 Cessna Aircfaft which was escorted to the city

The unidentified body of a male, seized cocaine and one of the planes along with the three suspects found at Nine Miles, Issano, Middle Mazaruni, Region Seven, have all arrived in Georgetown as investigations continue.

Interpol to assist with probe

This newspaper has also been reliably informed by police sources that the International Police (Interpol) will assist the Guyana Police Force (GPF) with the investigation in identifying the dead male and ascertaining who the detained foreign nationals are.    Continue reading

German police seize 1.5 tons of cocaine hidden in Guyana rice

Part of the shipment (picture-alliance/dpa/D.Reinhardt photo)
Part of the shipment (picture-alliance/dpa/D.Reinhardt photo)

Authorities in the German port city of Hamburg have found over €300 million worth of cocaine in a cargo shi p container from Guyana containing rice.

According to Deutsche Welle,  Hamburg authorities discovered 1.5 tons of cocaine in a freight container, one of the largest quantities ever seized in the northern German port city, a spokesperson for the Customs Investigations Office said on August 10, 2020..

Rice from this country has been used on several occasions to conceal cocaine.  Some rice exporters from this country have previously been implicated in such shipments.    Continue reading

No Drugs Please …We’re Guyanese! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

No Drugs Please …We’re Guyanese! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

A woman arriving at Kennedy International Airport in New York from Guyana was found with six bags of milk and custard powder that were filled with cocaine. Customs officials said they found 13 pounds of drugs in her luggage, with an estimated street value of $230,000

This ridiculousness has to stop. Guyanese have smuggled drugs in girdles, salt fish, underwear, shrimps, bangamary, curry and rice, sneakers, custard powder, rum bottles, scrap metal, soup, flour, baking powder, chowmein, snapper, cricket bats, wigs, false bottom of shoes, lumber, rice, body orifices, and wiri wiri peppers. Wiri wiri peppers? Why do they have to mess with these little red balls of flavor?

Photo: A woman a from Guyana arrived at JFK Airport in New York had six bags of milk and custard powder containing 13lbs of cocaine worth $230.00US.

Do these smugglers know that wiri wiri has now been banned in America and the plants fetch a hefty sum on Liberty Avenue in Queens? Rather than pick on the humble wiri wiri how about choosing sasparilla, kapadulla, moco moco, or congo pump, the one with the long hard stump?   Continue reading

Guyana linked to Italian Mafia-like cocaine syndicate

Guyana linked to Italian Mafia-like cocaine syndicate

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 14:50 – Caribbean News Desk (CND)

Mafia drug bust 
Reggio Calabria head of Police Guido Longo, left, gives the thumbs up next to FBI special agent Leo Taddeo following a joint Italian-U.S. authorities’ press conference in Rome about an anti-Mafia blitz that led to the arrest of 24 suspects on Feb. 11, 2014

“An Act of Treason” – Trinidad Assasination Plot

“An Act of Treason” – Trinidad Assassination Plot

Kamla condemns cowardly plots against her and the People’s Government of Trinidad and Tobago

By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

 Story Updated: Nov 24, 2011 at 11:50 PM ECT

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday said the plot to assassinate her and Government members was an “act of treason” which will not deter her from dealing with the criminal elements and returning this country to a peaceful state.

Following the Cabinet meeting which took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s, yesterday, a calm and composed looking Persad-Bissessar addressed the media where she sent a stern message to the criminal elements—her Government will not back down in its fight against crime.

“The cowardly plots against me and the People’s Government serve only to strengthen my resolve and embolden efforts to eradicate this scourge from our society. For far too long these criminals have been allowed to flourish as the untouchables, some with their sinister connections of legitimacy. The intense pressure brought to bear by our initiatives will be intensified and I will stop at nothing to return Trinidad and Tobago to the peaceful state we once enjoyed,” said Persad-Bissessar.      Read more

T&T gov’t faces skepticism over ‘death plot’

(Reuters) Stabroek News –  November 26, 2011

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Passenger from Guyana sues Delta over cocaine in suitcase

Wrongful arrest…Passenger from Guyana sues Delta over cocaine in suitcase

November 18, 2011 –  KNEWS

New York (New York Post) – A former Yankee Stadium security guard lost his job, went through a humiliating full-body strip search and faced the threat of spending the rest of his life in jail — all because someone planted two bricks of cocaine in his luggage.

Roger Levans, 56, of South Ozone Park, Queens, said the cascade of horrors began Dec. 29, 2010, after he got off his Delta Air Lines flight from Guyana, where he’d been visiting family for Christmas — and didn’t end until March, when the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn finally dropped its bombshell drug charges.

Levans on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Delta in Queens Superior Court, citing severe emotional distress, financial loss and damage to his reputation — and described to The Post the shock of being charged with a crime he didn’t commit.   Read more

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