High-end liquor being smuggled into Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday, March 29, 2012 – The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has netted a truckload of high-end liquor worth GUY$15 million that was being transported across the country.

The GRA is probing the haul, which they suspect is made up of alcoholic beverages that authorities believe were smuggled into the country.

The beverages included Ciroc Vodka, Johnny Walker (Black Label), Hennessey, Smirnoff Vodka, Heineken Beers and Tequila.

The tax organisation said five persons were detained and placed on bail.

GRA spokeswoman, Wendella Willabus said the alcoholic beverages were being transported in a Bedford truck when they were seized on March 23 at Mahaica, East Coast Demerara. A senior official declined to say where the uncustomed goods might have entered Guyana.

“When intercepted, the driver and porters were unable to produce any documentation to prove that the goods were legally imported and that the relevant duties and taxes were paid,” Willabus said in the statement.

The GRA says that is contravention of the Customs Act. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)