Cocaine stashed in gas cylinder… charge against teen grandson withdrawnNaiomi Persaud, the 51-year-old woman who admitted ownership of some 20 pounds of cocaine discovered by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks stashed in a cooking gas cylinder in her home, was on Wednesday jailed when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The woman pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The well wrapped rectangular blocks of cocaine found at the Delph Avenue homeThat charge alleged that on August 7, 2017, she was found to be in possession of the cocaine at her Campbellville, Georgetown house. CANU ranks had swooped down on the house and conducted a search of the premises, unearthing nine well wrapped rectangular packages hidden in a cooking gas cylinder that had a false bottom.Persaud was also fined $21 million which is the calculated street value of the drugs.Originally, the woman’s 17-year-old grandson who is an Under-19 Guyanese cricketer and his girlfriend were arrested for the crime as they were present when the drugs were unearthed.However, the young woman was questioned and released following the disclosure by Persaud that she was the owner of the prohibited substance.Her grandson had the charges against him dropped following the woman’s guilty plea in court on Wednesday.A wanted bulletin was issued for the owner of the house, Andre Gomes, called “Zipper” in which the drugs were reportedly discovered.The man is said to have had previous brushes with the law and it is alleged that Persaud and Gomes share a relationship.The US Embassy is also said to have now revoked the visitor’s visa of Persaud.On the day of the discovery, the cocaine was unearthed concealed in nine packages which were hidden in the gas cylinder which had a false bottom.
Roma have completed the signing of Tottenham defender Federico Fazio on a season-long loan with an option to buy.Fazio joined Tottenham in 2014 but spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, helping the Spanish club win the Europa League trophy.Roma said on their website they had paid 1.2million euros (£1million) for the loan, while the option to buy comes with a price tag of 3.2million euros (£2.67million) and is conditional on certain sporting targets being reached.“I am very happy to join a great team like Roma,” the 29-year-old Fazio said. “I really want to start training and get to know my new team-mates and coach.”Fazio, capped three times by Argentina, made 192 appearances for Sevilla prior to joining Tottenham, but never truly settled at White Hart Lane as he made 32 appearances for Spurs. 1 Federico Fazio in action for Spurs