Trinidad and Tobago is once again the focus of a drug bust involving cocaine in juice containers.
Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced today that they have arrested two Greater Toronto Area residents for illegally importing approximately 44 litres of liquid cocaine.
The statement says that the investigation commenced on November 16, 2015, when Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Port of Halifax inspected a sea container containing different food products that originated from Trinidad and Tobago.
Upon further examination of the container, the officers discovered approximately 44 litres of liquid cocaine concealed in over 40 cartons of orange juice.
CBSA officers seized the cocaine and the RCMP conducted a local investigation in order to identify the individuals responsible for illegally importing the liquid cocaine.
They then charged two men identified as Norris Williams, 46, of Whitby, Ontario and Lincoln Strachan, 46, of Mississauga, Ontario, with possession for the purpose of trafficking, importing drugs into Canada, and conspiracy.
They are due back in court Jan. 22.
The RCMP say that amount of liquid cocaine is roughly equivalent to 24 kilograms of powdered cocaine.
In January 2014, US authorities in Virginia announced that they had seized an estimated US$100 million worth in cocaine concealed in fruit juice cans originating in Trinidad and Tobago.
The shipment was discovered at the Port of Norfolk.
Those cans were discovered in a shipping contained which was destined for New York.
That seizure was described as "the largest in the port's history".