“Young people should not be allowed to topple into a state of drug dependency because of neglect by the relevant authorities.”
That statement from Debbie Boodhan, the newly elected Councillor for Montrose in the Chaguanas Borough Corporation, who believes the recently passed cannabis legislation should be dealt with properly, in order that young people may not see marijuana as a solution for their frustration and pressure.
One man was arrested and quantities of narcotics and cash seized by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Eastern Division over the weekend.
Reports are that during the exercise—which was conducted on Saturday 16th November 2019—the SORT officers proceeded to an apartment at Foster Road, La Seiva, Sangre Grande, where they executed a search warrant.
An estimated $110 million worth of narcotics has been seized by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) for the year so far.
During a maritime operations patrol and media tour today, acting commanding officer of the TTCG, Don Polo, said just over 900 kilograms of marijuana and cocaine have been found in vessels intercepted by the coast guard.
Meanwhile, according to the acting commander, following the closure of the Venezuelan registration, over 400 Venezuelan nationals were detained and handed over to the Immigration Division.
Customs and Coast Guard officials have discovered close to $120 million worth of cocaine hidden below a foreign tanker that was docked at the Atlantic Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) port in Point Fortin, sometime on Wednesday morning.
The vessel has been identified as 'Hispania Spirit' and this is not the first time that the vessel has been found with cocaine.
On September 8, 2015, Coast Guard officials found 211 kilogrammes of cocaine in a compartment aboard the vessel in Pisco, Peru and was detained by authorities.
Police are on the hunt for an Arima Businessman, after 23 pounds of cocaine were seized at the Port of Point Lisas on Friday bound for St. Martin. Police say the illegal drug carries a street value of nine million TT dollars.
Reports say around midday, Customs Officers were scanning a container at the port when they picked up something suspicious. The container was taken to the examination station. There Custom Officers noticed what appeared to be cocaine hidden inside the container loaded with foodstuff.
A Carapichaima man was arrested and a quantity of crack cocaine and other items seized by officers of the Chaguanas CID and Central Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the district, yesterday.
Officers led by ASP Richard Smith, proceeded to the Primrose Avenue, Roopsingh Road home of a 42-year-old man around 8:30am on Sunday, where they executed a search warrant for dangerous drugs.
Almost half a million dollars’ worth in cocaine, was discovered in the Sangre Grande police district, after being washed ashore at a beach in the Fishing Pond area.
A resident of Flemming Road, Fishing Pond, reportedly saw the suspicious package wash ashore around 2:30 pm on Sunday 9th September, 2018.
The resident then reported the observation to an off-duty police officer, who in turn conveyed the drug to the Sangre Grande Police Station.
The drug, which was wrapped in plastic, has an estimated street value of $480,000.
Investigations are continuing.
Police have seized an estimated $1.3 million worth of cocaine during an anti-crime exercise.
According to police reports, officers of the Northern Division Task Force, acting on information proceeded to a house in Barataria last evening, where they made the discovery.
No one has been arrested in connection with the find.
Meanwhile, during the same exercise, police seized a Beretta pistol loaded with four rounds of 9-millimeter ammunition at an abandoned lot of land in Morvant.
Investigations are ongoing.
Andrea Berment, 44, of Kelly Village, Caroni, is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate today charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Ms Berment a supervisor employed with Intercept Security Ltd, which provides security services, for one of the airlines operating out of Piarco airport was arrested by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit at the airport.