Coast Guard seize 25 packets of marijuana; detain three T&T nationals

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 10:00

Members of the Coast Guard have detained three people after boarding a pirogue and recovering 25 packets of marijuana.

The Coast Guard bust took place early Sunday morning.

The following is a statement from the Coast Guard.

"On Sunday 4th September 2016, at approximately 1:17 am an interceptor vessel of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard while on routine patrol effected the boarding of a Trinidadian pirogue named “Kelsea” with the registration number, TGF 2977 three (3) nautical miles south of Diamond Rock with three occupants on board.

The initial search of the vessel revealed one packet resembling contraband on board. Further searches were conducted at the interception point and a crocus bag wrapped in a red jersey material was discovered floating 20 meters from where the pirogue was stopped.

The pirogue, the items and the three Trinidadian occupants, two males and one female were brought back to Coast Guard Headquarters, Staubles Bay where thorough additional searches were conducted.

During the search twenty-five (25) packets of marijuana weighing a total of 7.2 kg were found with an estimated street value of ninety-three thousand six hundred dollars ($93,600.00).

After the occupants were properly detained by the TTCG, the Customs and Excise Division and Organized Crime Narcotics and Firearm Bureau were contacted to process the individuals and take them into custody to continue their investigations."