Briton arrested in Goa in £200,000 drugs bust

Posted Oct 17, 2013 by Dawn Denmar
A 45-year-old British man was arrested in Goa on Wednesday and is alleged to have been in possession of more than £200,000 worth of amphetamines. The man appeared in court today and has been remanded into police custody.
Sunset at a beach in Goa  India.
Sunset at a beach in Goa, India.
Gary Baird is a British citizen from Northern Ireland and has been under surveillance of local police for a while. He was arrested in Aguada village, near Calangute, a tourist resort, as he was negotiating a drugs' deal according to police sources. He is alleged to have been in possession of over four kilos of amphetamines with a street value of 20.5million rupees (£200,000/$330,000).
Mr Baird arrived in Goa from Sri Lanka in May of this year and has been staying at a guest house in the Calangute area. Local police say he has visited Goa on many occasions over the past years.
Local police say amphetamines are a fairly new arrival on the local drugs scene and a spokesman added that: "This is the biggest seizure in the history of drug seizures by the Goa police." The police expect more arrests to follow.