Two Trinidadians believed to be middlemen in a notorious
international drug cartel were arrested during a massive
police exercise in the south-western peninsula on Christmas
The men, aged 48 and 52, reportedly fled to Trinidad after
the Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States
Department of Justice issued warrants for their arrests.
Underworld sources told police that the men had been staying
in Venezuela for several weeks after detectives picked up
The men are wanted on charges of alleged conspiracy to traffic
cocaine in the United States. They are also said to be suppliers
for several drug blocks in Cedros.
Investigators said between 7.30 am and 5 pm on Christmas
Day, a contingent of police officers from the Organised
Crime and Narcotics and Firearms Bureau, Guard and Emergency
Branch and the Counter Drugs and Crime Task Force, set up
a blockade in Icacos.
Police had received information that the men had been spotted
at a house in the district. The officers searched several
houses. In the course of the search one of the suspects
was found hiding in an upstairs room, while the other was
found in another house.
Sources said the men are linked to a recent drug bust off
the coast of Cedros where $30 million worth of cocaine was
Police said the men are expected to appear at the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court today.
Attempts are already being made to have the men extradited
to the United States to face drug trafficking charges.