Saturday, February 24, 2018

‘Mysterious’ package causes lockdown

Cops: Nothing illegal inside

Abel Building Solutions (ABS) compound at Longdenville, Chaguanas, was locked down yesterday as a mysterious package, containing a white substance, was discovered inside a shipping container.

Chaguanas police and Customs and Excise Division officers responded, sealing off the area for several hours but it was determined the package did not contain narcotics following forensic testing of the substance.

There has been heightened vigilance since news broke of the $644 million cocaine seizure in a freight container that originated in Trinidad in the United States last month.

ABS confirmed that employees discovered the suspicious package while opening the freight container around 8 a.m.

The Express was told that the shipment of imported glass originated in China, but docked in Mexico and Panama before arriving in Trinidad.

ABS stated, “At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, whilst opening a container of imported glass at its compound in Longdenville, Chaguanas, ABS employees discovered a suspicious package. Consistent with company protocol and precautionary procedures, the area was sealed off and Customs and Police, including the Chaguanas Police Station were notified by ABS officials.  Both Customs and Police responded immediately and conducted various tests.”

Police confirmed the package did not contain any illegal narcotics.

ABS, a subsidiary of the ANSA McAL group, was allowed to resume operations around midday.