Three men are in police custody and more than $800,000 in marijuana seized after officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard intercepted a vessel on Monday afternoon, approximately 9.2 miles (15 kilometres) from Barrancones Point, Caroni.
Police reported that shortly after midday, Coast Guard officers were on routine patrol when they had cause to intercept a pirogue in the Gulf of Paria.
Upon boarding the vessel, the Coast Guard was greeted by three men.
During an initial search, the Coast Guard officers found small packets containing plant-like substances resembling marijuana.
Upon questioning, the three men admitted they were transporting a quantity of the illegal drug onboard the vessel.
The vessel and its three occupants were then brought to the Coast Guard Headquarters, Staubles Bay, Chaguaramas, for a detailed search.
After this was done, the officers found a total of three crocus bags, with approximately 69 kilogrammes of marijuana, on the boat.
The illegal packages and the men were handed over to the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB), as well as the Customs and Excise Division, for further processing.
All three men were said to be from Central Trinidad.
Investigations are continuing.