The 332 kilogrammes of cocaine shipped to Norfolk, Virginia, USA, from this country in Trinidad Fruit Juice cans last December originated from Trinidad, Robert Kennedy, country attache for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Port of Spain, said yesterday.
Speaking at the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police 29th annual general meeting and conference at Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Kennedy identified that drug bust as one of the DEA’s accomplishments.
“Another accomplishment here in Trinidad and Tobago, for the first time in a record long time, we have had a significant seizure of a direct shipment from Trinidad to the United States,” he said.
“Not getting too much into this, but it originated out of Europe, made it to Norfolk, Virginia, and is currently being investigated by the Trinidad authorities and the DEA.”
Kennedy added that Caribbean countries need to collaborate and solidify strategies in order to stem the trafficking problem in the region.
Questioned about the ongoing investigation by the DEA on the drug bust in Norfolk, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams said: “I am not leading the investigation...what I can tell you, surely there is a level of partnering so the Organised Crime Unit, the Customs is giving the due support to the US agencies as they pursue this investigation.”
Stating that he did not want to comment on the progress of the investigation in isolation, Williams added: “What I can tell you is that there is a definite shape pattern between Customs and the Police Service towards ensuring that we do everything within our jurisdiction in support of that investigation. But, I will not box it into dates.”