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Stephen Vieira and four others charged for trafficking in narcotics

Bike racer Stephen Vieira has been charged jointly with Tazim Gafoor, Nazim Gafoor and Sherwayne DeAbreu with trafficking in narcotics, according to a statement from the Customs and Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).

Charged in absentia was Narine Lall. He has been charged separately with trafficking in narcotics.

On May 12, 2017, members of CANU swooped down on a lumber yard at Lot 227 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, where they conducted a search on a truck that was laden with several pallets of 1×6 dressed lumber that was being prepared for export to the United States.

During the search, several boards were reportedly drilled randomly and revealed a whitish substance suspected to be cocaine. The truck was escorted to CANU Headquarters where the lumber was further examined and proved that each of the compromised boards had a dugout cavity with vacuum sealed plastic packets containing cocaine pasted therein.

A total of 84.986 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $550 million was discovered.

Narine Lall is the owner of the lumber yard. He is reportedly out of the jurisdiction.

Mohamed, Tazim Gafoor and Nazim Gafoor were taken into custody, following drug bust, but were released without charge after the 72-hour detention period had passed. Meanwhile, Vieira was arrested last week on his return from Jamaica and questioned. He also was subsequently released.

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