A New York-bound cocaine mule was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Timerhi, on Monday evening as she was about to travel with her 11-month-old baby. Natasha BlairThe suspect has since been identified as 37-year-old Natasha Blair, a cosmetologist of Lot 92 Grove-Diamond, East Bank Demerara. According to the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Blair used her body to accomplish ‘two risky concealment methods’, that is, ingestion and insertion.It was reported that the mother of one was booked to travel on flight BW 726 to JFK New York and on the day in question, she checked in her luggage at approximately 22:00h. However, while on her way to the departure lounge, she was intercepted by CANU ranks. The woman was then escorted to a city hospital, where the suspected cocaine pellets were displayed in her digestive tract following an x-ray. Moreover, an object inserted in her lower extremity was also observed.As such, Blair was admitted as a patient and one large object suspected to contain cocaine was extracted from her lower extremity. Regarding the ingested pellets seen in her digestive tract, the woman has so-far excreted three cocaine pellets. She remains hospitalised. Her 11-month-old daughter, with whom she was travelling when she was intercepted, has since been handed over to her grandmother.Meanwhile, CANU said that they are now in search of the father of the suspect’s child for questioning into the discovery. He has been identified as Sherwin Stoby called “Kong”. His last know addressed was given as Lot 87 Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown. The local drug enforcement body is asking anyone knowing the whereabouts of “Kong” to contact the CANU Office at telephone: 227-3507. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related
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