Coast Guard bust yields over $878,000 in cocaine & marijuana

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 20:00

The Coast Guard has made another crackdown on drug runners, this time yielding over $878,000 in marijuana and cocaine.

The Coast Guard issued this statement this morning:

"On Tuesday 9th March 2016 whilst on maritime patrol the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard intercepted a pirogue that attempted to evade them. The unmarked pirogue with two (2) occupants on board were escorted to Staubles Bay where detailed searches were conducted on the vessel.

The searches produced, Two (2) crocus bags containing Sixty-one (61) packs of marijuana weighting 31.9 kg valued at Four Hundred and Seventy-eight Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars (TT $478,500.00), and One (1) pack of cocaine weighting 1 kg valued at Four Hundred Thousand Dollars ($400,000.00). The illegal narcotics found in a hidden compartment of the pirogue.

A total of Eight Hundred and Seventy-eight Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars (TT $878,500.00) worth of drugs were prevented from hitting the streets of Trinidad and Tobago.

The occupants and illegal narcotics were handed over to the TTPS Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) for further processing."