Eight Venezuelans have been committed to stand trial in the High Court on charges of importing and trafficking cocaine with a street value of $50 million.
In giving her ruling, Deputy Chief Magistrate Nanette Forde-John, presiding in the Port-of-Spain Fifth Court, found that a prima facie case had been made out against the foreigners.
They are: Victor Jose Careno, Oscar Thomas Ruiz Colmenarez, Dionya Andres Marval Salazar, Alexis Caldea Lopez, Pablo Rafael Marval Rodriguez, Jose Gregario Marval Salazar, Saul Ellia Waldrop and Jose Florentino Alcala Carrion.
Bernadette Astrid Silvana Van Zichem, 36, a Surinamese national appeared in an Arima Magistrate Court today charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.
The following is a press release from the TTPS:
A Surinamese national appeared before an Arima Magistrate today, charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, after being held by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), at the Piarco International Airport, yesterday.
A Couva man was arrested and a firearm seized, by officers of the Central Division, during an anti-crime exercise in the Couva district yesterday, police said in a statement.
A quantity of cocaine and ammunition were also seized during the exercise which was conducted around 2:45 pm on Monday 6th November, 2017, in California, Couva.
Officers executed a search warrant at the Steven Street, Couva, home of a 38-year-old man, who was found to be in possession of a Glock pistol, loaded with a magazine containing 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
A 21-year-old man is expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with possession of 1.9 grammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking within 500 meters of a school, after being arrested by officers of the Inter Agency Task Force.
Raheam Reid, of no fixed place of abode, was arrested around 1:24am on Sunday 11th June, 2017, by officers of the IATF, Duncan Street, Police Post, who were on mobile patrol along Queen’s Street, Port of Spain.
The Coast Guard has seized cocaine valued at $18 million dollars in a bust following a routine exercise.
The bust was made early Thursday morning aboard a pirogue.
The following is a statement by the Coast Guard:
"On Thursday 25th May 2017 at approximately 3:30 am a Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard interceptor, while on routine patrol intercepted a twenty-four ft white pirogue in the Gulf of Paria with three (3) occupants on board.
A Carenage man has appeared before an Arima Magistrate, charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, after he attempted to board a flight to Barbados, with the drug concealed in his luggage.
Marlon John, 40, a promoter, of Upper L’anse Mitan Road, Carenage, was at the Piarco International Airport around 5:10 pm on Saturday 20th May, 2017, preparing to board a flight to Barbados, when he was stopped at a security checkpoint.
The suspect’s luggage was checked and two packages containing 4.18 kilogrammes of cocaine were allegedly found concealed inside.
Two men are due to appear in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court, charged with narcotics possession, after being arrested during anti-crime exercises in the Western Division over the weekend.
One pistol and magazine were also found during the exercises, which were conducted by officers of the Western Division Task Force, between 11 am on Saturday 20th May, 2017 and 1 am on Sunday 21st May, 2017.
Police have arrested two men in Arouca with an estimated $18 million worth of cocaine.
The information on the arrest is still not clear but reports indicate that they were held at a house on Davis Street, Arouca this morning.
The cocaine is said to have weighed 13 kilogrammes.
One of the men held is said to have been charged in September 2009 with the possession of 20 kilogrammes of marijuana.
We will have more on this report when we get further details.
A geriatric nurse pleaded not guilty to a charge of cocaine trafficking, when she appeared before an Arima Magistrate, after allegedly attempting to board a flight to Barbados, with cocaine concealed in her luggage.
Natasha Wilkie, 38, of Hitler Street, Trou Macaque, Laventille, was at the Piarco International Airport, around 7:30am on Friday 21st April, 2017, preparing to board flight BW415, destined for Barbados, when she was stopped and interviewed at a security checkpoint.
Two guns and quantities of cocaine and marijuana, worth over $100,000 in total, have been seized in San Fernando, police said in a statement today.
The statement said that around 3:30 pm on Thursday 20th April, 2017, officers of the San Fernando CID, conducted searches of several boats and abandoned shacks along King’s Wharf, San Fernando.
There, they discovered two Taurus pistols hidden under the wooden floor of a shack.
One of the pistols was fitted with a magazine, containing six rounds of .9mm ammunition.