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Probe will not affect visas

US Embassy:

By Camille Bethel camille.bethel@trinidadexpress.com

The investigation into the $644 million cocaine bust in the United States will not affect the issuance of visas to Tri­nidad and Tobago nationals, the US Embassy in Port of Spain has said.

On Thursday, bloggers on the Express website raised concerns over the possible visa fallout from the drug bust, which was described as the largest ever at the US port.

In an e-mail response to the concerns raised following a query from the Express, Alexander McLaren of the Public Affairs section of the US Em­bassy stated: “Each visa case is adjudicated individually. This investigation will not affect visa issuances.”

On January 17, US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officers announced the seizure of 732 pounds of cocaine, concealed in cans bearing the labels of Trinidad Orange and Grapefruit Jui­ces, at the Port of Norfolk in Virginia, United States, on December 20 last year, during the inspection of a 20-foot container that originated from Trinidad.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials from the US have been in the country for the past week, conduc­ting investigations into the drug bust.

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