CANU ranks to testify in “cocaine in alleyway” matter

first_img“Zipper” trialFive ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are expected to testify later this month about a cocaine interdiction operation that was carried out on Campbellville businessman Andre Gomes, called “Zipper”, on January 30, 2018 as his trial continues.The well-known businessman appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts onAndre “Zipper” Gomes as he leaves the courtroomThursday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, who transferred the matter to Magistrate Leron Daly.The matter is expected to be called on April 26, 2018.Gomes, 57, of Lot 32 Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was arraigned on a charge of trafficking cocaine after a search was carried out at his residence where a quantity of narcotics (992 grams of cocaine); a quantity of cash, jewellery and other valuables were seized.During the hearing, Attorneys-at-Law Mark Waldron and Keoma Griffith made applications for bail for the businessman, who owns D&D Pawn Shop.Attorney Waldron told the court that the cocaine was not found at his client’s premises, but in an alleyway next to the house.However, CANU Prosecutor Konyo Thompson told the court that eyewitness accounts indicated otherwise. She noted, too, that no special reason was given to the court for Gomes to be released on bail.The businessman was remanded to prison. Last year, CANU issued a wanted bulletin for the former murder accused in relation to nine kilograms of cocaine found in a gas cylinder.The gas cylinder was discovered at an apartment which he rented for his 51-year- old girlfriend, Naomi Persaud.Persaud was taken into custody with her teenage grandson. The woman and her 17-year-old grandson were accused of being in possession of nine kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking on August 6, 2017 at Lot 25 Delph Street, Campbellville, Georgetown. She pleaded guilty to the charges. As a result of her guilty plea, the charge was dismissed against the teen.Persaud was jailed for four years and fined $21 million.last_img read more

Golden oldies? Argentina have World Cup’s oldest squad

first_img0Shares0000Enzo Perez started the 2014 World Cup final for Argentina © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATABRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – Enzo Perez’s call-up as a last-minute replacement in the Argentina squad made his country the oldest team at a second World Cup in a row, with an average age of 29 years, six months and 24 days.River Plate midfielder Perez, 32, flew out to Russia after 25-year-old Manuel Lanzini injured his knee, pushing Argentina past Costa Rica as the oldest squad by a single day. Argentina also had the oldest squad in Brazil four years ago, when they finished as runners-up to Germany, with an average age of 28 years, 11 months and six days.At 36, Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero is the eldest member of the squad, two years older than Javier Mascherano, while Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Pavon are Argentina’s youngest players, both 22.Latin American sides account for the third and fourth oldest squads as well, in Mexico and Panama respectively, while Brazil are eighth out of the 32 teams.At the other end of the scale, Nigeria, who will face Argentina in Group D, feature the youngest squad at an overall age of 25 years and 11 months.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more