Guyana National Swimmer Faces Drug Charges in U.S.

NEW YORK – A Guyanese national swimmer was charged in the United States with being in possession of a quantity of cocaine that was found in his suitcase when he arrived here last month from his home country. Earlando McRae was remanded to the New York Detention center after making his first court appearance in connection with the drugs that U.S. authorities said were found in a suitcase with false sides when he arrived at the JFK International Airport on Nov. 4.

Federal Court documents show that the 28-year-old presented the suitcase to Border Patrol agents and, during a search of the suitcase, packets of the white powdery substance were discovered. McRae was immediately arrested and taken into custody. Media reports in Guyana described McRae as someone who is well known in the local swimming arena and has represented Guyana at a number of regional and international meets.  McRae returned to the pool recently after taking a break from competitive swimming.