Senior CANU Officer under investigation
September 16, 2009 | By KNews | Filed Under News
In wake of recent allegations made against a senior Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) officer about his involvement with persons purporting to be known drug dealers, an investigation has reportedly been launched.
This newspaper has been reliably informed that the Officer and several of his ranks have been ordered to submit written statements to the Office of the President.
The ranks are said to be those who went on an operation on Friday last at a location in Queenstown.
Meanwhile, sources say that the ranks who were concerned about instructions which were given to them by the senior officer to “stand down” are now worried about the possible perceptions about their credibility and professionalism.
They allege that they had received information from the Drug Enforcement Agency in the USA, about six months ago, concerning the activities of a businessman, and had been conducting surveillance since then.
The ranks related that four units surrounded the building, and were met with heavy grill work. They then reportedly spoke with persons in the building who refused to allow them entrance to the property to conduct their search for illicit substances.
They said when they finally got to speak to the businessman, he telephoned CANU and allegedly spoke with a senior officer, and they subsequently received a call directing them to stand down and remove from the premises.
The ranks alleged that they were told that the same building was being monitored by the Guyana Defence Force as well.
They told this publication that about 45 minutes after they left the premises, four vehicles arrived and removed a quantity of items to an unknown destination.