$34.72 million in cocaine found in suitcases bound for New York

Five persons are expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate, jointly charged with possession of 38.8 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, which have an estimated street value of $34.72 million.

Marlon Ricardo Thomas, 45, a labourer, of San Juan; along with Krystel Birot, 24, of Trincity; and Maurice Edwin Hinds, 27, of Arouca; both employed with Swissport; as well as Kyle Jones, 23, of Sangre Grande; and K’Dere Lee Gomez, 27, of Carapo, both employed with Intercept Security, were arrested and subsequently charged after the drugs were found concealed in two suitcases, at Piarco International Airport, on Sunday 29th April, 2018.

The suitcases were to be loaded on Caribbean Airlines flight, BW520, destined for New York, around 10:45 pm, on the same day.

The suitcases, contained 38 and 39 packets of cocaine, weighing 42.88 and 43.92 kilogrammes of the drug respectively.

The accused were charged on Sunday 6th May, 2018, following investigations by the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit.

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