Countdown Begins To Guyana Election

May 6, 2015

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. May 7, 2015:  The countdown has begun officially to Guyana’s May 11th general and regional elections.

The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) this week began its final deployment of observers. The OAS observer mission is being headed by the former Foreign Minister of Belize Lisa Shoman, who was designated by Secretary General José Miguel Insulza.

The entire delegation is comprised of 23 observers from 13 countries including Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The first members of the Mission arrived in Guyana on May 2nd, following a preliminary visit in mid-April to learn about the preparations for the elections.

The Mission will focus its observation on electoral organization, electoral-political financing and the equal participation of men and women in the electoral process. It will also gather information about the status of the recommendations made in the last OAS/EOM in 2011.

This is the fifth time the OAS has observed elections in Guyana, following Missions in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

The Carter Center and former US President Jimmy Carter will also be observing the Guyana elections that will see for the first time a coalition party of the Alliance for Change and the A Partnership For National Unity facing off against the incumbent ruling Peoples Progressive Party/Civic headed by President Donald Ramotar.


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Another Jamaican Busted With Cocaine At JFK

May 6, 2015


JFK Cocaine-bust

The 70 pellets of narcotics swallowed by Gyan Damian Morgan who was arriving on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica.

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. May 7, 2015: Another Jamaican national has been indicted on U.S. narcotics smuggling charges after being busted with cocaine at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Gyan Damian Morgan will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York for smuggling 70 pellets of narcotics into the United States.

U.S. Customs & Border Patrol agents said Morgan arrived on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica on April 19.  During the course of the inspection, CBP officers said they noticed Morgan displaying numerous signs of nervousness.

CBP officers escorted him to a private search room to continue the examination where a personal search was conducted with negative results.  During this follow up interview, CBP officers noted several inconsistencies with Morgan’s story.

. Morgan was transported to a medical facility near JFK, where he voluntarily admitted to ingesting approximately 70 pellets of narcotics.  An x-ray was taken and showed foreign bodies within his stomach cavity.

Morgan was placed under arrest by CBP for the importation of narcotics into the United States and was remanded to the medical facility until all the pellets of narcotics had passed out of his system.

The total weight of cocaine seized is approximately 2 lbs. with an estimated street value of tens of thousands of dollars.


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Brazilian Iced

May 6, 2015


Jorge Amauri Domingos-Nascimento, 52, departed on a commercial flight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport under ICE escort Monday night.

News Americas, DALLAS, TX, Thurs. May 7, 2015: A 52-year-old Brazilian man has been deported and turned over to law enforcement authorities in Brazil based on an outstanding warrant for murder for killing a 13-year-old boy in 1991.

Jorge Amauri Domingos-Nascimento, 52, departed on a commercial flight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport under ICE escort Monday night. He arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday morning, May 5th and was turned over to Brazilian authorities.

According to the investigation, Domingos-Nascimento has a lengthy criminal history in Brazil as a member of an organized criminal organization.

The murder he’s accused of took place May 29, 1991. Domingos-Nascimento and his girlfriend were walking in the city of Recife, Brazil, at about 9:30 p.m. at the Boa Vista Bridge when they were approached by a 13-year-old boy.  The boy allegedly tried to steal the girlfriend’s watch.  Based on reports, Domingos-Nascimento allegedly chased, grabbed and beat the 13-year-old, and then threw him off the bridge into the Capibaribe River.  The boy drowned and Domingos-Nascimento fled the scene.

The Brazilian court in Recife issued a warrant for Domingos-Nascimento’s arrest for aggravated murder Oct. 13, 2013.  Interpol issued a Red Notice for Domingos-Nascimento’s arrest Nov. 15, 2013.

Domingos-Nascimento entered the U.S. in 1991.  He was ordered deported in absentia in June 1994 by a federal immigration judge in Dallas, Texas.  He was twice convicted of misdemeanor crimes in Dallas in 2004, and Fort Worth, Texas, in 2008.

His deportation was conducted by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Dallas.

Since Oct. 1, 2009, ERO has removed more than 720 foreign fugitives from the United States who were being sought in their native countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape and murder.  ERO works with ICE’s Office of International Affairs, foreign consular offices in the United States, and Interpol to identify foreign fugitives illegally present in the country.

In fiscal year 2014, ERO removed 315,943 individuals from the United States. In addition to convicted criminals, the agency’s enforcement priorities include those apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States, illegal re-entrants — individuals who returned to the United States after being previously removed by ICE — and immigration fugitives. In fiscal year 2014, 98 percent of ICE removals met these priorities.


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