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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
ANA—The Guyana Po-
lice Force (GPF), says in
2017, it recorded a 15 per
cent decrease in fatal ac-
cidents and a 12 per cent
decrease in deaths.
This was revealed by
of Police, David
Ramnarine during a
recent press confer-
He said in 2017
there were 100
cases of fatal ac-
cidents, which re-
sulted in 115 deaths.
There was also
an 83 per cent de-
crease in deaths
involving children on the road. Overall there were 17
accidents less than 2016 and 13 deaths less than 2015.
Of the 115 deaths, 71 resulted from a combination of
speeding, speeding and drink driving and drunk driving
According to Ramnarine the decrease in road fatali-
ties could be accredited to several factors, including
“Operation Safeway” which was launched during
the latter half of 2016.
He said at the time, there was a 33 per
cent increase in accidents and a 17 per
cent increase in deaths.
Simultaneously, 185 lectures
were conducted at schools across
the country, and 29 youth groups
and four corporate entities benefitted
from proper road usage awareness exer-
The acting commissioner however, noted
that while the decrease is commendable, cit-
izens must be more introspective and make
the commitment to be more responsi-
ble in 2018.
“I maintain that in those 71
deaths that resulted from drunk
driving, they were what I called su-
icide because suicide refers to when
someone of the age of discretion voluntarily
and intentionally kills his or her self.
“And I will not refrain nor retract this descrip-
tion as rude and as hard it may come across to be.
That is the reality we must accept.”
He said it is worrying, that some Guyanese
exhibit a carefree and stubborn approach
when using the roads.
“...Even though we have laws for
speeding, drunk driving, use of cell
phones while driving, not wearing
safety helmets, seatbelts, yet the
gross disregard for our personal
safety and the safety of others is
alarming...I hope that this year,
citizens will listen a little more
and be more responsible.”
He urged the public to be re-
sponsible when using the road-
ways, so as to further reduce
the number of fatal accidents
resulting from drunk driving.
Two jailed for life
in Carnival shooting
BOSTON—Two men convicted in the shooting death of an
innocent bystander at a 2014 Caribbean Carnival in Boston’s
Dorchester neighbourhood have been sentenced to life in
Keith Williams, 21, and Wesson Colas, 25, who were found
guilty of first-degree murder on December 28 in the death of
Dawnn Jaffier, were sentenced Monday in Suffolk Superior
Court. Prosecutors said Jaffier, 26, a city youth worker, was
shot in the head as a result of an August 2014 confrontation
on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.
Prosecutors said Williams fired the shot that killed Jaffier
but was aiming for Colas, who they said drew his gun first.
At Monday’s sentencing, members of Jaffier’s family gave
statements on her behalf. Her brother, Ian Jaffier Jr, told the
court the defendants changed his life forever when they killed his
He also thanked the court for serving justice and recognised the families
whose cases aren’t solved and who continue to live without closure.
“I hope that this verdict actually rings bells through the city. It was stated earlier,
I feel like if one person is watching this story, if one person puts their gun down,
that’s really a win for the whole entire city,” Ian Jaffier Jr said.
Jaffier’s father, Ian Jaffier, called Dawnn’s shooting death senseless, adding that
his daughter strived to be a positive influence on the community saying that he’ll
always mourn the milestones they will miss. “I’ll never see my superstar again,”
said her father. In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Williams and Colas
were also charged with armed assault with intent to murder, and assault and
battery with a dangerous weapon.
A third man, Jordan Reed, 24, of Randolph, Boston, was charged as an acces-
sory after the fact to Jaffier’s murder for allegedly hiding the gun used in the
shootings. However, he unexpectedly died while the case was pending and his
death is not considered suspicious. (CMC)
Customs bag largest coke
load from Caribbean
PHILADELPHIA—The United States Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) agency says officers from the Area Port of Philadelphia have
seized the largest local cocaine load in 10 years when they discov-
ered 709 pounds concealed inside cabinets shipped from Puerto
As a result of the seizure, CBP said the US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI) Newark’s Office, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, initiated an in-
vestigation that is still active.
The cocaine weighed 321.64 kilogrammes—just over 709
pounds—and had a street value of about US$22 million. While
examining shipping containers at a seaport in Pennsauken, New
Jersey on November 2, CBP said officers “detected an anomaly in
one and transported that container to CBP’s Centralized Exami-
nation Station in Philadelphia.
“Officers emptied the contents of the container, and, after
thorough inspection, discovered false walls in numerous
pieces of bedroom furniture and kitchen cabinets,” CBP
said. “The false compartments concealed 256 bricks of
a white powdery substance that field tested positive for
Additionally, officers discovered a nearly 30-pound co-
caine load at the same seaport November 28 concealed inside
a wooden chest. That load, 13.56 kilogrammes with an estimated
street value of about US$900,000, was shipped from Puerto Rico
and destined for an address in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.
“Customs and Border Protection knows that transnational drug
trafficking organisations will take advantage of natural disasters,
and, in this case, an island struggling to recovering from a crip-
pling hurricane, to smuggle dangerous drugs to our nation’s
mainland,” said Joseph Martella, CBP Acting Area Port Director
for the Area Port of Philadelphia.
“CBP officers remain ever vigilant to interdict narcotics loads,
and we are pleased to have stopped this deadly poison ship-
ment before it could hurt our communities,” he added.
This is CBP’s largest cocaine seizure in Philadelphia since
officers intercepted 864 pounds of cocaine concealed in a
shipping container from the Dominican Republic March
8, 2007, CBP said.
CBP said officers routinely conduct random inspec-
tions operations on international passengers and
cargo and searches for narcotics, unreported cur-
rency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other
On a typical day, CBP said agents seize 7,910 pounds
of illicit drugs along the US’ borders. (CMC)
Acting Police Commissioner
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