$.6m drug haul: ship's captain held
THE POLISH captain of a Jamaican boat remained in police custody up to press time last night after more than half a million dollars worth of marijuana was found attached below the vessel.
According to the Coast Guard, around 3.30 a.m. on Sunday officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard along with officers of the Marine Interdiction Unit of the Customs and Excise Division boarded the boat that had docked at the port of Port of Spain at that time.
The Coast Guard said they received information earlier that the boat would have arrived in port with a "parasite" welded beneath it.
Coast Guard Public Relations Officer, Lt Kirk Jean-Baptiste explained yesterday that a parasite in their jargon means an item welded onto the hull of a vessel that is used to transport contraband.
When the boat docked Coast Guard divers were already on stand-by to examine the its hull where the metal box was found.
The box was removed and in the presence of officers from the Customs seven blocks of marijuana which weighed over 54.96 kilos with an estimated street value of $660,000 were found attached.
The police were called in and officers of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) arrived and seized the marijuana and also took the captain of the boat for questioning.
Investigations are on-going.