Sunday, February 25, 2018

St Vincent man held with $2m in cocaine at port

 A St Vincent national is currently in police custody after an estimated 4.5 kilogrammes of cocaine, with a street value of $2,111,200, was seized Wednesday afternoon at the Caricom Wharf of the port of Port of Spain.

Police reported that at about 1.30 p.m. a party of officers including Cpl Joseph, PC Sookoo, PC Roget, PC Ashby and PC Sinanan, were on patrol at the port, when they observed a white Toyota Corolla motor vehicle driven by the suspect.

On seeing the police, the suspect reportedly began acting in a manner that aroused suspicion, and as a result the officers decided to conduct a spot search on his vehicle before it boarded the vessel. In the car, the officers found a car fender, a car door, and a black box, all listed as cargo for a vessel which was bound for St Vincent.

The officers asked the man what was in the box, and when he could not provide a satisfactory answer, they decided to open the parcel. 

The officers cut the bottom of the box and found four packets of a white, powdery substance resembling cocaine, hidden alongside other items including soft drinks. 

The suspect was arrested, the items seized  and transported to the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau on Park Street, Port of Spain. 

The drugs were then weighed and police gave an estimate of $2.1 million. 

This find comes as officers of the Port                       Authority continue their  work towards preventing the export or import of drugs from various ports in this country. 

About four months ago, on December 20, the biggest drug bust in the history of the Norfolk Port in Virginia, United States, occurred when US Customs Border Protection officers seized 332 kilos of cocaine which originated from Trinidad and Tobago and which carries an estimated                                      street value of US$100 million or TT$640 million. 

The cocaine was stored inside 700 tins of Trinidad juice which were part of a consignment of goods that arrived at the Norfolk Port after being shipped from Trinidad.

Investigations are continuing.