“Trinidad and Tobago Guardian” photo showing confiscated drugs.
PHILIPSBURG–A container addressed to what was said to be an Indian businessman in St. Maarten was seized at Port of Point Lisas in Trinidad and Tobago (TT) last week with 24 pounds of cocaine.
Several TT news media outlets reported on the bust on Sunday.
St. Maarten’s Chief of Police Carl John said in an invited comment on Sunday that the police were not officially contacted about the case, while Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Hazel Durand said the investigation is being conducted outside of St. Maarten.
The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reported that TT police had confirmed in a press release that 24 pounds of cocaine bound for St Maarten had been seized at Port of Point Lisas last week Tuesday.
According to reports, around 9:00pm last Tuesday, Customs officers were scanning a container at the export division of the port when they picked up something suspicious. The container, which was transported from Maturita, Arima, was taken to the examination station where Customs officers noticed what appeared to be cocaine hidden inside the container, which was loaded with foodstuff. Police and other officials were called in and confirmed it was cocaine.
Investigating officers said the container was addressed to an Indian businessman in St Maarten.
The container was sent by an Arima, Trinidad, businessman, for whom TT police are currently on the hunt. According to the Guardian news report, it is suspected that the (Arima) businessman is the same person who was set to receive a container filled with marijuana from Jamaica last year. He later denied it was him and claimed no knowledge of the illicit drugs.