May 1st, 2020 MEDIA RELEASE Large Quantity of Narcotics Recovered in Gulf of P…

May 1st, 2020
MEDIA RELEASE

Large Quantity of Narcotics Recovered in Gulf of Paria

A quantity of narcotics was recovered by officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in the waters of the Gulf of Paria, off the coast of Icacos, last night.

Coast Guard officers were on marine patrol in their vessel around 9:05pm on Thursday 30th April 2020, when they observed a vessel in the water which aroused their suspicion.

As the officers proceeded to intercept the vessel, it changed course and sped off. The Coast guard gave chase during which the occupants of the unknown vessel began throwing items overboard, before they entered Venezuelan waters and escaped.

The Coast Guard officers recovered a total of seven bags from the water before returning to Staubles Bay.

Officers of the St. James Criminal Investigations Department were contacted and the seven bags were handed over to them.

The bags were found to contain 146 packets of marijuana weighing 102.1 kilogrammes and 75 packets of cocaine weighing 2.7 kilogrammes.

Investigations are ongoing.

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May 1st, 2020

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