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Two men were arrested after almost 1,000 pounds of cocaine were found on their crash-landed aircraft in Orealla.

Guyana: Almost 1,000 pounds of cocaine found on plane (update)

Law enforcement authorities in Guyana have revealed that almost 1,000 pounds (453 kilogrammes) of cocaine have been found on the small aircraft that crash-landed in Orealla, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

In a press release, police said the Force’s SWAT team, the army, and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) were dispatched to the scene from Camp Ayanganna aboard the GDF’s BEL-412 helicopter.

According to the release “two foreign nationals, suspected to be Brazilians, who were in the vicinity, were arrested by the Divisional ranks and an initial search of the aircraft revealed a quantity of suspected cocaine”.

They remain in police custody, according to reports.

The release said 453 packages containing 453 kilograms of suspected cocaine were discovered during a thorough search of the aircraft.

Two Global Positioning Systems (GPS), one radio set, three mobile smartphones, two identification cards, and the aircraft registration documents were also discovered in the aircraft.

Media reports have indicated that the aircraft may have been on its way to Suriname.