The trusted driver of former Tourism Minister, Peter David, has been caught with cocaine.
The man Selwyn “Rambuka” Cyrus who resides at La Borie, St. George’s was arrested by police officers attached to the Drug Squad last week Wednesday after allegedly having in his possession one pound and two ounces of cocaine that has an estimated street value of $51,537.00.
A police source told THE NEW TODAY that Cyrus was caught “red handed” in Springs, St. George’s with the illegal substance while driving a vehicle in which he was the sole occupant.
The vehicle, a Suzuki Escudo, owned by Arthur Braveboy was seized by the police as part of their investigations.
The source who spoke on condition of not being identified said the cocaine was allegedly entrusted to an employee of a local Gas Station in the St. George’s area.
He claimed that a family member of the gas station business allegedly instructed an employee, Stanley Gidharry to collect the package that had to be picked up by the suspect.
He said that the Drug Squad was tipped off and decided to engage in surveillance on both men.
Charges of possession and trafficking in an illegal substance were laid on Cyrus, while the lawmen charged Gidharry with handling of the substance.
The two suspects were brought to court last week Friday, and placed on bail in the sum of $25,000.00 each with two sureties by Chief Magistrate, Her Honour Tamara Gill who also ordered them to surrender all travel documents.
Cyrus and Gidharry were also ordered to report to Central Police Station on the Carenage, St. George’s every Monday and Friday between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m as part of the bail conditions.
Cyrus is being represented by Attorney-at-law, Arley Gill, a former Junior Culture Minister and close ally of David while Gidharry is being represented by another lawyer, Francis Paul.
The two drug suspects are due back in court on February 11, 2013.
Cyrus sought to make political mileage out of his arrest when he was brought to court handcuffed to another prisoner by the police.
He shouted out to THE NEW TODAY Newspaper Editor, Wayne Modeste: “Wha happen Modeste, you want to bring that (the information about his arrest) for (Prime Minister) Tillman (Thomas)”.
Cyrus and some of his close associates are known to be hostile to Prime Minister Thomas as a result of the decision taken at the September 30 Convention of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to expel David and nine others following a split in the leadership of the party and government.
Cyrus proceeded to cover his face with his left hand that was free in order to prevent a clear picture being taken of him.
Attorney David was seen sitting inside the court as his driver made his appearance before the Magistrate on the cocaine charge.