Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Doctor charged with cocaine possession

A doctor, who police claim tried to smuggle 17 kilogrammes of cocaine in two water heaters, will appear in the Ari­ma Magistrates’ Court tomorrow charged with possession of illegal drugs. 

The doctor, police said, is attached to the Tobago Regional Health Authority. 

Police allege the doctor was attempting to ship the

two water heaters to Jamai­ca late last year at Piarco International Air­port when the cocaine, val­ued at $8.6 million, was discovered inside the items. 

The doctor at that time denied having any know-

ledge of the cocaine and was released, police said.

However, on Friday, po­lice officers arrested the doctor in Tobago, and he was flown to Trinidad and charged with the offence. 

Police said in 2012, the doctor was also charged with

stealing medication from

the Sangre Grande Hospi-

tal and attempting to sell it.