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Saturday, May 13, 2006

-- official confirms

THE U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has confirmed media reports here that there is an indictment and that an arrest warrant has been issued for Guyanese businessman Shaheed `Roger’ Khan.

DOJ spokesman Robert Nardoza yesterday told the Guyana Chronicle that Khan is wanted for allegedly trafficking cocaine into the United States.

Local media reports have stated that the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York unsealed a grand jury indictment on May 3 which charges that Khan conspired to import drugs between January 2001 and March 2006.

The Guyana Police on March 29 last put out a wanted bulletin for Khan, shortly after his business places, in and around Georgetown, were raided in joint operations by the Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).

Police in a press release said Khan, of 133 Rotunda Place, D’Aguiar’s Park, Houston, is wanted in connection with investigations into the discovery of firearms, ammunition, drugs and other illegal items found during the Joint Services operation.

During their operation, GDF troops and police ranks targeted all of Khan’s known businesses in Georgetown – Dreamworks Housing Development in Garnette Street; the Reef Club at 60, Station Street, Kitty, and the Master’s Touch Carpet Cleaners at 2nd Street, Bel Air Village. They also searched his D’Aguiar’s Park home and deployed a team to Kaow Island in the Essequibo River, where he also owns a sawmilling operation. The 2006 annual report on drug trafficking by the U.S. Department of State had named him as a known trafficker.

Khan, in a statement issued here, claimed that the grand jury indictment and anything flowing from it have been motivated by political considerations.

He said he is perceived by persons in the U.S., the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force and the People’s National Congress Reform as someone “who has the will and a capacity to fight crime and to protect the people of Guyana.”