More than $15 million in cocaine has been seized by the Coast Guard after intercepting a boat in the Gulf of Paria.
Two men are now in police custody. The Coast Guard issued this statement in relation to the drug bust:
"On Saturday 30th January, Coast Guard’s Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV) CG 23 – TTS Pt Lisas whilst on patrol, intercepted a pirogue with two (2) persons on board in the Gulf of Paria.
The Coast Guard has made a seizure of close to $5 million in cocaine and marijuana together with two firearms being transported by drug-runners in the Gulf of Paria.
A statement from the Coast Guard says that whilst on routine patrol in the Gulf of Paria, Coast Guard Interceptor 033 stopped an unmarked fishing vessel after a brief chase.
Two large blue plastic containers were seized and upon further searching in Staubles Bay a quantity of marijuana and cocaine as well as two pistols were recovered.