Parika drug bustThe five men who were nabbed last week on the Parika Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks with over 12 kilograms (28 pounds) of cocaine and some 35 kg (77.1 pounds) of cannabis were on Tuesday arraigned at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.The cocaine foundMagistrate Rochelle Liverpool read the charges of trafficking in narcotics to Doodnauth Chattergoon, 36, and Khemraj Lall, 39, both of Lot 67213 “B” Zeelugt, EBE; Marlon Lawrence, 36, of Felicity, East Coast Demerara (ECD); and Rajendra Persaud, 47, of Liliendaal, ECD.They denied the charges.However, the fifth defendant, Clive Thornhill, who was reportedly the captain of the boat which transported the drug from Charity, Essequibo to Parika, admitted that he played a part in the narcotics trafficking. He is claiming that the drugs were collected from himself by Lawrence and Persaud.According to the prosecution’s case, CANU received a tipoff that the drugs were being transported in two vehicles – PSS 8019 and PVV 7934 – after it arrived via boat at the Parika Stelling.Motor vehicle PSS 8019 was stopped on the Parika Public Road by CANU ranks and two 15-gallon gasoline barrels were found with their bottoms cut off and reattached with wire and glue.The five accusedWhen the containers were searched, several parcels containing leaves, seeds and stems along with a white powdery substance were discovered.That car was reportedly being driven by Persaud with Lawrence as a passenger. The second vehicle, PVV 7934, was intercepted with Lall and Chattergoon inside along with cell and satellite phones.Thornhill was intercepted some time later and reportedly immediately confessed to transporting the drugs.The five men were all taken to the CANU headquarters where the drugs – 12 parcels of cocaine and 42 parcels of cannabis – were weighed.In court on Tuesday, Thornhill told Magistrate Liverpool that he was unaware that he was transporting drugs as he was only hired to ‘drop off’ the barrels at Parika.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford was in court on Tuesday. Chattergoon and Lall were represented by Attorney-at-Law Bernard DaSilva. Thornhill was advised to seek further guidance from an attorney.The men were all remanded to prison. The case will continue on July 6, 2018.
Seven stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 14———TRUDEAU PURSUES SEAT AT ASIAN SECURITY TABLEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a sales pitch to core members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Tuesday in hope they will open the door to Canada joining their exclusive and influential circle. Trudeau said Canada looks forward to becoming a member of the association’s East Asia Summit and the ASEAN defence ministers panel at the earliest opportunity. Trudeau is the first Canadian prime minister to participate in the one-hour exchange at the ASEAN summit.———PEACEKEEPING PLAN TO SATISFY UN: TRUDEAUVancouver plays host to a two-day summit focused on UN peacekeeping starting today in Vancouver. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t offer any details, but told reporters in Manila Tuesday that an announcement will be made in Vancouver that will satisfy both Canadians at home and the United Nations. He said the world expects Canada to make a “significant contribution that makes a difference.———TRUDEAU RAISED HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS WITH DUTERTEPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says he directly raised human-rights concerns Tuesday with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte — including extrajudicial killings carried out by security forces in his country. Speaking in Manila after a summit of Southeast Asian countries, Trudeau said says he told Duterte about the need for the rule of law in the Philippines. Duterte’s violent crackdown on drug dealers and drug users by his government’s forces have left thousands dead. Trudeau says Duterte was receptive to his comments.———SUMMIT SETS SIGHTS ON COMBATING USE OF CHILD SOLDIERSVancouver is poised to become a symbol for protecting children and preventing the use of child soldiers when a series of commitments bearing the city’s name is rolled out at this week’s peacekeeping summit. The international community has been quietly working on the so-called Vancouver Principles for some time, which a senior UN official hoped would give a shot in the arm to efforts to protect children in conflict.———MISSING WOMAN’S DAD SEND DRONES TO OKANAGANThe father of a woman who disappeared in B.C.’s northern Okanagan has sent two drones to the area to help volunteers search for missing women. John Simpson bought the drones with the proceeds of a fundraiser in his daughter’s name and sent them to community activist Jody Leon in Enderby. RCMP wrapped up a search of a property in Salmon Arm last week where the remains of 18-year-old Traci Genereaux were found. At least four women remain missing in the area.———HEARING TODAY FOR ‘LEGS TOGETHER’ FORMER JUDGEA former judge who resigned over his treatment of a sexual assault complainant is to make his case today for why he should be allowed to practise law again. The Law Society of Alberta is to hold a reinstatement hearing for Robin Camp in Calgary. Camp stepped down from Federal Court in March after transcripts from a 2014 sexual assault trial show that he asked a complainant why she didn’t resist by keeping her knees together.———TOXIC ALERT SIRENS TO BE TESTED IN MONTREALMontrealers will get an earful this afternoon when sirens echo across the city from nine factories. It’s a noisy test of the system that would be used to alert the population in case of a major industrial accident. The sirens will be tested for three minutes at each of the factories, beginning at 2 p.m. ET.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The fall session of the Legislative Assembly in P.E.I. will open with the Speech from the Throne.— Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa will present the 2017 Fall Economic Statement.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Vancouver.— Statistics Canada releases a study on how Canadians are balancing work and home.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette visits the Northwest Territories.— The Ottawa trial continues for Basil Borutski, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three women in 2015.— The first-degree murder trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich, accused of killing Laura Babcock, continues in Toronto.— A celebration of life for former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roy Halladay will be held in Clearwater, Fla.
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsThe Ontario police watchdog is likely to undertake a systemic review of the Thunder Bay police on how it handles cases involving Indigenous people.It’s being called an unprecedented review and one that some feel is long overdue.The investigation comes after years of complaints from Indigenous people.