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Man arrested in Guyana linked to New York cocaine bust


Written by Demerara Waves

A Guyanese man was arrested in Georgetown and he has confessed orally to giving a large quantity of cocaine to a woman who was busted at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) official told Demerara Waves Online News ( ) that Mark Mc Lean also known as Laffy was arrested at a house at Dadanawa Street, Section K, Campbelville.


Mc Lean, the nephew of the late Errol Butcher, also known as Taps, is in a police lock-up while Guyanese authorities await more information about the seizure of 17.5 kilogrammes of cocaine that was allegedly in possession of 28-year old Emily Leitch.

The additional information will help CANU decide whether to charge the man with conspiracy, officials said. The US could possibly indict him for drug trafficking.

Three houses- the one Dadanawa Street, Lodge Housing Scheme and North Road- were searched but no drugs was found.

Two cars were seized. Authorities were Friday due to verify the documentation of the cars to determine ownership.

Meanwhile, Leitch is on US$75,000 bail and barred from leaving the New York area.

The US Department of Homeland Security says Leitch was busted at the airport on her arrival on July 27. The cocaine was allegedly stashed in the sides of one of the bags that she was carrying, rum bottles and six food cans.

Guyana is regarded by the United States as a transshipment point for South American cocaine to the Caribbean, North America and Europe.



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