May 15th, 2020 MEDIA RELEASE Three Foreigners Appear in Court for Possession …

May 15th, 2020

Three Foreigners Appear in Court for Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking

Three men appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Virtual Court, today, Friday 15th May, charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

On Wednesday 29th April, 2020, an intelligence-led exercise was conducted by the Special Investigations Unit, spearheaded by
Supt. Francis, coordinated by Sgt Kelly and included officers of the Western Division.

Based on information received, Sgt. Kelly boarded the MV Throne vessel and commenced a thorough search, during which, 475.9 kilogrammes of cocaine were discovered and seized.

Officers arrested the captain of the vessel and 18 crew members who are all foreign nationals.

On Tuesday 12th May, 2020, advice was obtained and received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr. Roger Gaspard SC, that the following suspects be jointly charged for trafficking in dangerous drugs:
1. Captain of the vessel, Shaikh Arif Noor Mohammed age 31, of, 15 Madhubhal Mill Compound Gujarati, India;
2. Second officer of the vessel, Chandan Kumar Singh, age 25, of Abgila Patna Binar, India; and
3. Manager of the vessel, Behzat Tokgoz, age 42, of, Ankara, Turkey.
The DPP further advised that the vessel be seized as an exhibit and be subject to forfeiture as an instrumentality of the crime under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Chapter 11:27.

Section 58 of the Police Service Act will be initiated through the court to obtain an order for its disposal via sale and for funds to be deposited into an interest bearing account pending the outcome of the substantive trafficking charge.

The three men appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court and the matter has been adjourned to Friday 29th May, 2020.


Corporate Communications Unit
May 15th, 2020