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.
St Clair businessman, Michael Patrick Aboud, will appear in court today, charged with possession of an illegal firearm and narcotics.
Aboud will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate.
He was arrested at his St Clair home last week, following an almost five-hour long raid by officers of SORT—the Special Operations Response Team.
The exercise was coordinated by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith.
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Two persons were arrested and several firearms were seized during a police exercise today. The following is the full press release:
"Officers of the Eastern Division seized cocaine, marijuana and several guns and arrested 2 persons in connection with the drug find and possession of a firearm during an exercise today, Thursday 15th September, 2016.
A 30-year-old Arima woman and a 46-year-old Biche man have been arrested and jointly charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Officers attached to the criminal investigations department and crime suppression unit on patrol in Coal Mine, Sangre Grande stopped the driver of a Nissan Tiida and conducted a search.
During the search, the officers found and seized 1.62 kilogrammes of marijuana with a street value of $24,300.00.
The United States Department of State says Trinidad and Tobago has made considerable accomplishments in the fight against illegal narcotics in 2015, including the extradition of a major drug trafficker.
Its findings are in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released on Wednesday.
The report shows an increase in the amount of drugs seized by law enforcement officers in 2015, over the previous year.