At approximately 6:33pm on Thursday 1st December 2016, an interceptor vessel of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, while on routine patrol intercepted a pirogue, one (1) nautical mile or two kilometres (2km) north of Chacachacare Island, with three occupants on board.
A plastic bag which was sighted floating in the water not far from where the pirogue was intercepted was also retrieved.
The vessel, the occupants and the contents within the plastic bag were taken to Coast Guard Headquarters Staubles Bay where further searches were conducted.
During the search, five (5) packets containing a plant like substance were discovered within the plastic bag weighing a total of two kilograms (2 kg) with an estimated street value of $50,000.00.
The three Trinidadian occupants were then detained by the Coast Guard and subsequently handed over to the Organized Crime Narcotics and Firearm Bureau to continue investigations.
For the year, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard has seized over six-four million dollars (TT $64 m) in illegal drugs.