– CANU failed to provide sufficient evidenceAndre Gomes, called “Zipper,” was on Thursday freed of drug trafficking charges by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly, who ruled that the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) had been unable to support their allegations against Gomes with enough evidence to warrant a conviction.Freed: Andre “Zipper” GomesGomes, 57, of Craig Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, had been arraigned on trafficking in narcotics charges after a search carried out at his residence had allegedly unearthed 992 grams of cocaine, a quantity of cash, jewellery, and other valuables.Based on reports received, ranks of the drug enforcement unit had swooped down on Gomes’s residence and conducted a search which unearthed the cocaine. Upon its discovery, the owners – Andre Gomes, called “Zipper,” and his wife — were arrested. The case against his wife was later dropped.Reports are that the couple has been under surveillance by drug enforcement officers for quite some time.
David Warner has stressed that he is still great friends with former Australian captain and Steve Smith as he refuted rumours of a rift between the pair in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal.Warner opened up about his relation with Smith after making a return to professional cricket in Canada’s Global Twenty20 league.”Steve and me are good mates. If people hang in the hotel, they’ll see us hanging out with each other and stuff. At the end of the day, it was a big thing that happened and for us, you’ve got to handle it in your individual way and then how you handle it collectively,” Warner said here.A day after Smith made 61 on his return to cricket in the same tournament, Warner was bowled by Lasith Malinga’s second ball in a far briefer stint at the batting crease.It was Warner’s first match since he was banned alongside Smith and Cameron Bancroft by Cricket Australia in March for conspiring to scuff up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.The return ,however, just lasted just two balls as the former Australia vice-captain was dismissed for one run.Opening for the Winnipeg Hawks, Warner was clean-bowled by Lasith Malinga’s first ball of the second over.Australian Ben McDermott top-scored with 68 runs as Winnipeg scored 203-4 to beat the Montreal Tigers (157 all out in 18.5 overs) by 46 runs.Warner, a former vice-captain of the national team, added, “We haven’t really been able to catch up because he’s (Smith) been away, Cameron’s (been in Perth and I’ve been doing what I’m doing and got family at home. So it’s been hard, but this has been good, we’ve had numerous chats and I’m sure we’ll hang out plenty more, we’re in the same hotel.”advertisementCA’s ban does not extend to domestic tournaments outside Australia, which allowed Smith and Warner to play in Canada.Life, post the ball-tampering controversy and the subsequent ban, has been tough for his whole family, Warner said.”It definitely has been (tough), not just for me but for my family, obviously the fans out there that support cricket and Australian cricket, so I’m responsible for that, that’s my fault and why I’ve had some tough times,” Warner said.”But I’m an adult, I’m big, strong, I’ll move forward and keep continuing to move forward and making sure I’m doing the right things at the right times to keep playing the best cricket I can.”Reports had previously claimed that the Australian dressing room was left divided after Warner stormed out of the team’s WhatsApp group after Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit concluded he was the architect of the ball-tampering controversy.(With PTI inputs)