Updated on Saturday January 22, 2022, 2:05 PM by Denis Chabrol
A Dominican Republic national was jailed for four years and fined GY$14.4 million on Friday after pleading guilty to being in possession of 16 kilograms of marijuana aboard the Panama-registered cement vessel, Diego, the Customs Counter-Narcotics Unit (CANU) said. On Saturday.
They are Fredy Diaz Cabrera, 56, a Dominican engineer from Lot 151, Third Street Street, Montrose, East Coast Demerara.
He is not employed on the ship, but resides in Guyana and has a relationship with 29-year-old co-defendant Epiphany Mc Lennon.
Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs imposed the penalties on Cabrera after he admitted the offense of being in possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking aboard the MV Diego on January 19, 2022 at Guyana National Industrial Company Incorporated.
Two other people – Eustace Rodrigues, 45, painter from lot 31, Albouystown, Georgetown and Mrs. McLennon, saleswoman from lot 58 Patterson Street B Field, Sophia – have pleaded not guilty and have been remanded to prison until February 25, 2022.
CANU said its special agents found 14 registered packages of marijuana and arrested all 18 crew members and a security guard from Guyana National Industrial Corporation Limited.
According to the anti-drug agency, while on bail, Ms. McLennon and Mr. Cabrera gave oral statements accepting ownership of the narcotics and named Rodrigues as their accomplice.