Gouveia receives inquiry report into August drug bust
Monday, 08 October 2012
THE report of an inquiry, following the interception of a quantity of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in August, was handed over to the Chief Executive Officer of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerald Gouveia, yesterday.
CEO of Roraima Airways Captain Gerald Gouveia receiving a copy of the Inquiry Report from Commissioner Roshan Khan in the presence of other Commissioners, from left, Captain Learie Barclay, Gerald McKenzie and Dale Ibbott. (Adrian Narine photo)
Commissioner Roshan Khan, who represented the Chairman of the Commission, attorney-at-law and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) Member of Parliament (MP) Mr. James Bond, said they had a difficult task and spent many man hours to gather the facts.
“The Commission had unfettered access to the archives of Roraima Airways as well as areas at CJIA and the full cooperation of staff members, which allowed (the Commission) to put together a report that will impress the police,” Khan said.
Gouveia, who accepted the compilation, said: “While Roraima Airways plays an important role within the operations of CJIA, its credibility is challenged by the trafficking of drugs and, therefore, it (has) become the responsibility of all the stakeholders to stop (the illegal practice).”
According to Gouveia, the details in the document will be released to the media and public at a later date at the discretion of Commission Chairman Bond.
However, he revealed that one of the recommendations was “for stricter measures to be taken in the transport of food from the catering company to the airport, more pointedly, that the food should be sealed.”
Last August, a Roraima Airways employee and another person were arrested by security at the CJIA, Timehri, after being found with two kilogrammes of cocaine.