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(CAL) says cocaine
found aboard a flight
which landed in
Guyana over the
weekend was stashed
there by employees
working on the
ground at the Cheddi
In a telephone inter-
view yesterday, CAL s
tions manager Clint
Williams said, "CAL
applauds the initiative by the security forces on the
ground in Guyana who were able to detect the
men---not CAL employees---attempting to place the
drugs in the hold after the aircraft had arrived."
Saying Guyanese security officials were leading
the investigation, Williams stressed, "We need to
clarify that the drugs were not on the aircraft when
it first arrived from Port-of -Spain."
Unwilling to disclose any further information,
Williams said the matter was currently under inves-
Shortly after midday on Sunday, flight BW 606,
which was en route to Toronto, landed at the Cheddi
Jagan International Airport.
After an initial security sweep of the aircraft, the
illegal substance was found during a second security
check shortly after 1 pm. During this check, said
to be standard operating procedure, officials dis-
covered 2.2 kilogrammes of cocaine in the hold.
Reports suggested four men were detained in
connection with the discovery.
But a security official at the Cheddi Jagan Airport
was unable to confirm yesterday how many people
had been arrested or if any charges had been laid.
When contacted, a duty manager at the airport,
who did not want to be identified, said, "I am not
at liberty to comment."
However, he said this was not the first time that
drugs had been discovered on flights after they
arrived from Trinidad.
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surges to 181
for 26th MAY, 2014
JENSEN LA VENDE and SHASTRI BOODAN
For the year so far there have been 29
more murders than for the same period
last year following two killings yesterday.
The toll for the year is 181; the figure last
year was 151 for the same period.
In the first killing yesterday, 50-year-old
Wilton France was shot dead by while plying
his private car for hire along Laventille Road,
According to police reports, France, of
Snake Valley, Laventille, was driving along
the roadway at around 10.30 am when a
gunman stepped into his path and opened
fire. The attacker missed the first time,
shattering the front windscreen. France then
reportedly tried to escape through the back
right passenger door, but was shot dead
before he could get out.
Relatives on the scene said he was the
father of 15 and sold DVDs and market goods
as well to make a living.
In the second murder some 30 minutes
later, 23-year-old Robert Maynard, of Gura-
hoo Trace, Chase Village, Chaguanas, was
Senior Supt Johnnie Abraham told the
T&T Guardian that Maynard was with
Joshua Cabralis, 19, a cousin, at the back
of Maynard s house when two men ran
towards them and fired at the men before
returning to their car and speeding off.
Maynard was shot seven times and was
taken to the Freeport Health Centre, but
reportedly died en route to the health facility.
Cabralis was also shot but survived and was
also taken to hospital for treatment.
Lucille Waterman, 70, the grandmother
of the murdered man, said she was inside,
heard several gunshots and looked out and
saw her grandson had been shot.
Family members could not understand
why Maynard had been targeted, since he
was not involved in any criminal activity.
In an unrelated incident, a man who was
shot dead over the weekend was yesterday
identified as 26-year-old Xicolino Ferreira
of Mango Alley, Laventille.
At the Forensic Science Centre, St James,
yesterday, relatives told the T&T Guardian
that Ferreira worked at a pluck shop on
Prince Street, Port-of-Spain, and was a
friendly person who would talk to anyone.
Police said Ferreira was shot dead around
10.20 pm on Saturday.
The Inter-Agency Task Force responded
to a report of a shooting along Mango Alley,
Trou Macaque, and found Ferreira lying
dead in the road with bullet wounds. He
was put in the police vehicle and taken to
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital but was
pronounced dead on arrival.
for drug find
Two shot dead in separate incidents
A crime scene investigator photographs
the body of Wilton France as colleagues
search the scene for evidence along
Laventille Road, Laventille, yesterday. At
left is Robert Maynard, of Gurahoo Trace,
Chase Village, Chaguanas, who was shot
dead at the back of his home.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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