A raid on the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, conducted jointly by ranks of the Police Force and the Prison Service on Monday, has resulted in the discovery of even more prohibited and contraband items.Items seized include 45 improvised weapons, six lighters, one metal foil, 36 razor blades, three cellphone chargers, one white cellphone, a quantity of empty zip lock bags, one tattoo machine, a quantity of nails, two headphones, three broken pieces of metal and a quantity of pallet wood.The search lasted for a few hours. Earlier in the month, a raid was conducted at the Georgetown prison at Camp Street during which 19 cellular phones, five phone chargers, one flash drive, 15 cigarette lighters, two packs of cigarettes, five pairs of scissors, seven improvised weapons, and 774 grams of cannabis were found.Prior to that raid, another raid was carried out at Lusignan Prison. Razor blades, 17 phone chargers, 24 lighters, a quantity of wires, eight metal spoons, two pairs of scissors, one plastic knife, two nail clips, a quantity of Ziplock bags, six bottles of pepper sauce, one pack of cards, three bottles of medicine, four bottles of oil with suspected cannabis seeds, one memory card and three mirrors were found.The smuggling of contraband items into prisons remains a perennial problem within the system. Authorities have been working assiduously to curb the practice, and these efforts have resulted in several prison officers being caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be “big business”.In fact, back in July, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels, had disclosed during a press conference that several prison officers had been relieved of their duties after they were found to be working in collusion with each other in order to facilitate the movement of suspected contraband into the Lusignan Prison Holding Bay area.
The Patron, President, Executives and Members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club (RHTY&SC), MS, wishes to congratulate club member Clinton Pestano on his remarkable achievement of taking a hat-trick for Guyana versus Trinidad. Pestano’s hat-trick changed the course of the match for Guyana and was made even more special and memorable as it featured a trio of West Indies batsmen. Lendl Simmons, Keiron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are three of the biggest names in West Indies cricket.Pestano’s success for Guyana at the senior level has been a long while in the making. Clinton has been a very regular performer for the Rose Hall Town Gizmos & Gadgets First Division Team over the years with both bat and ball. There have been moments of frustration and thoughts of quitting the game when he was not considered for selection, but he was always urged to keep his faith in God by Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster, who serves as a mentor to him.Pestano’s hat-trick is the first by a Berbician fast bowler and is the start of a long and successful career for Guyana. The entire membership of Guyana’s leading youth and sports club would like to reassure Pestano that he has their full support, unconditional love, and he is always in their prayers.RHTY&SC’s formula for success is sheer hard work, honesty, belief in the work we do, faith in the God we serve and to always remain humble at all times and we would like to remind Pestano to continue following the formula that has brought huge success to him and the Club. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Farfan & Mendes Ltd, Bakewell, Pepsi, Gizmos & Gadgets in the career of Pestano, and it is only a matter of time before our promising starts Kevin Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, and Junior Sinclair join him in the Guyana team.The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club would also like to extend best wishes to Captain Leon Johnson and the rest of the Guyana Team for a successful conclusion to the CWI Super50 Tournament. Pestano would be honoured on his return to Guyana for his historic achievement.