Sunday 1st May, 2005

 

$6.5m worth seized in multi-drug bust

 
 
 
 
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BY ROBERT ALONZO

The Organised Crime and Narcotics Unit (OCNU) seized more than $6.5 million in heroin, cocaine and marijuana, and arrested seven people.

Four Trinidadians, two US citizens and a Nigerian comprised the group arrested.

They were held in three separate drug busts between late Friday and yesterday.

Police said the four locals were held with marijuana at a house at Western Keys, Westmoorings, close to the International School.

They said they had been watching the 37-year-old Nigerian for about two-and-a-half years.

OCNU officers said he had been involved in a major drug ring responsible for exporting cocaine to North America and Europe.

He was put on several identification parades yesterday. Police said he had been contracting drug mules to swallow and smuggle cocaine into Europe.

OCNU sources said detectives were on duty at Piarco International Airport around 3 pm on Friday when they stopped a 24-year-old US woman as she was about to board BW 424 to New York.

They allegedly found approximately $400,000 worth of pure cocaine in her luggage.

She was interrogated and eight hours later detectives searched the Westmoorings house and allegedly caught the six locals, aged 22 to 29, with a quantity of marijuana.

They were taken to Port-of-Spain CID.

OCNU detectives said, in a follow-up exercise, they headed back to Piarco and held another US citizen who was about to board American Eagle 5095 destined for Puerto Rico.

Six kilos of high-quality heroin, packed in local spices packaging, was found in the lining of sandals, tablecloths, sweat jackets and blue jeans’ pockets.

The OCNU team returned to Piarco yesterday morning and nabbed the Nigerian suspect.

He has been charged with conspiracy to traffic dangerous drugs.

The raids were co-ordinated by a team under Senior Supt Raymond Craig, Supt Gregory Corriea and ASP Franklyn Edwards.

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