Wan­ted Gu­y­a­ne­se drug dea­ler ar­re­sted at La­tour

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The Po­li­ce For­ce Su­ri­na­me (KPS) on Fri­day ar­re­sted a Gu­y­a­ne­se drug dea­ler in Paramaribo. Po­li­ce Chief Gu­no Roo­sen­hoff con­fir­med the re­ports. The sus­pect, Bar­ry Da­ta­ram, was ar­re­sted at La­tour by the A Team being hand­ed over to the Ca­pi­tal Of­fen­ces Di­vi­si­on. Roo­sen­hoff did not di­vul­ge any de­tails as this could com­pro­mi­se the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on. Ac­cor­ding to kai­e­teur­newson­li­ne, Da­ta­ram and his wi­fe, An­ja­nie Bood­na­ri­ne, who we­re out on bail fled Gu­y­a­na last month pen­ding a court de­ci­si­on re­gar­ding their al­le­ged in­vol­ve­ment in co­cai­ne traf­fic­king. Da­ta­ram was sen­ten­ced to a 60-month jail term by Ci­ty Ma­gi­stra­te Ju­dy Latch­man whi­le his wi­fe and two co-de­fen­dants, Tre­vor Gou­veia and Ko­mal Char­ran, we­re freed. They we­re cau­ght with 129.23kg of co­cai­ne at a ho­me in Dia­mond, East Bank De­me­ra­ra on April 16, 2015.

Da­ta­ram and his wi­fe had mo­ved to the High Court and we­re gran­ted $4 mil­li­on pre­t­ri­al bail.

In ad­di­ti­on to the 60-month jail term, Da­ta­ram was al­so fi­ned $164M for co­cai­ne pos­ses­si­on.

Da­ta­ram,

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Gu­y­a­na-born Ame­ri­can, had suc­ces­sful­ly fought off pre­vious ef­forts to ex­tra­di­te him to the Uni­ted Sta­tes of Ame­ri­ca to fa­ce drug smug­gling char­ges.

It was be­lie­ved that for the past weeks, Da­ta­ram and his wi­fe we­re hi­ding in Su­ri­na­me. Lo­cal law en­for­ce­ment au­tho­ri­ties had con­fir­med that the man had tra­vel­led out of Gu­y­a­na on fal­se do­cu­ments. He had so­mehow got wind that he would be found guil­ty and jai­led.

The au­tho­ri­ties we­re, howe­ver, un­su­re whe­ther his re­pu­ted wi­fe had tra­vel­led with him.

A wan­ted bul­le­tin was is­sued for both Da­ta­ram and his wi­fe, alt­hough she had been freed.

On the day of their ar­rest last year at Dia­mond, ranks from the Cust­oms An­ti Nar­co­tic Unit (CANU) swoop­ed down on the hou­se and con­duc­ted a search in the pre­sen­ce of the de­fen­dants. Du­ring the search they une­art­hed the il­li­cit drug. Re­ports in­di­ca­ted that so­me of the co­cai­ne was stuf­fed in fro­zen sea­food, whi­le the remain­der was found to be bricks of raw co­ke. Me­an­w­hi­le, Gu­y­a­ne­se au­tho­ri­ties are high­ly in­te­rested in the pas­sports used by Da­ta­ram and his wi­fe and how they ma­na­ged to ac­qui­re them.

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