$1.5million bail for men charged with money laundering and importing antibiotics

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Josh Ragoonanan – Photo by TTPS

TWO men charged with conspiracy to import controlled drugs and money laundering have been given $1.5 million bail.

Police said John Ragoonanan, 31, a director of a distribution company from Debe, and 37-year-old customs officer Selwyn Joseph from Arouca were charged on October 4.

Selwyn Joseph – Picture by TTPS

They were charged with conspiracy to import antibiotics and controlled drugs without a license and money laundering.

Ragoonanan received additional charges of importing antibiotics without a license, importing controlled drugs without a license and storing antibiotics without a license.

Ragoonanan got $900,000 bond while Joseph got $600,000.

They will appear before the Siparia Criminal Court on November 18.

Police said the men were arrested during a joint investigation with the Customs and Excise Division of the Ministry of Finance and the FIB (Financial Investigations Branch) “which resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of drugs at residences in Ramasray Gardens, Debe”.

The drugs were found near an abandoned lot.

Checks from pharmacies around the country, a bottle sealer and cash from the sale of pharmaceutical drugs were also found.

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