Guyanese drug dealer extradited to Guyana
The Guyanese drug dealer who was convicted in neighboring Guyana and who had fled to Suriname, Barry Dataram, was extradited to Guyana on Saturday morning. The suspect was arrested on Friday by the A Team. Reports indicate that Dataram and his wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, were hiding out in a house located at Latour. During their arrest the members of Suriname’s special police unit found fake passports that ‘belonged’ to David and Christine Persaud. According to one source, Dataram who was caught around 4.00 P.M., local time, peed his pants and cried when the heavily armed police squad confronted him. According to Kaieteurnewsonline, Dataram and his wife fled Guyana several weeks ago pending a court decision regarding their alleged involvement in cocaine trafficking. They were out on bail. Dataram was sentenced to a 60-month jail term by Guyana’s City Magistrate Judy Latchman while his wife and two co-defendants 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, a 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.