Roraima Group cocaine-trafficking probe: procedure breached

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Roraima Group cocaine-trafficking probe: procedure breached

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Roraima Group cocaine-trafficking probe finds procedure breached
Denis Scott Chabrol
Monday, 08 October 2012

An internal inquiry aimed at clearing the name of the Roraima Group of Companies- the local handler of the American-owned Delta Airlines- in the involvement of cocaine trafficking has recommended that stricter measures for transporting food to the airline.

The catering company is Water Chris whose driver and a Roraima Aviation Security agent were charged with being in possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Against the background of the fact that the matter is before the court, Vice Chairman of the five-member probe team, Roshan Khan guarded referred to the discovery of “shortcomings” but said none had to with Roraima Airways. “We did find some shortcomings and the shortcoming was not within the Roraima Airways Group. “

He said the committee of inquiry recommended that stringent measures be taken with regards to food being taken on aircraft. “One of the major recommendations would be from the point of sealing of the foods and the preparation of the foods and the process by which the food is being transported,” he said.

Chairman of the inquiry, Attorney-at-Law, James Bond was not present because he was in Berbice.

Khan said the report also contains recommendations that would be beneficial to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Authority, Water Chris catering and the Guyana Police Force.

Administrative Manager of Roraima Airways, Gerald Mc Kenzie noted that a standing operating procedure agreed to with Delta Airlines was breached. "We had endless meetings brainstorming the possible causes of how this thing could have happened because we have an agreement with Delta Airlines where we operate strictly within a standard operating procedure. This obviously was breached and we were tasked to conclude in whatever way we could as to what actually took place," said Mc Kenzie.

He said the inquiry was conducted to erase any perceptions that the airline has been colluding with drug traffickers to export cocaine through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

Managing Director of the Roraima Group of Companies, Gerry Gouveia emphasised that his company, Delta Airlines and CJIA all have very thorough screening systems for persons who are to work at the airport.

Jointly charged with being in possession of 1.856 kilogrammes of cocaine are Roraima Airways Aviation Security Agent, Sydney Matthews and Water Chris catering services driver, Mark Fredericks.

The cocaine, which was sewn into a blanket, never made it to the Deltta Airlines New York-bound flight on September 3 because of a hand-over /take-over system between Roraima’s security agents on arrival of meals at the airport.

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