September 17, 2011
After hours of continuous searching at the Port of Point Lisas, police seized yet another 40-foot container of high grade Arizona marijuana on Thursday evening. Customs and Excise officers said the haul had a street value of $7.4 million. But in a news release late yesterday the Police Service Public Affairs Unit quoted the street value as $30 million. The release said the value had been confirmed by an “expert in the field of narcotics.” But Customs communications manager, Alicia Charles, said yesterday Customs and Excise worked out the figure by calculating a kilo of marijuana to be approximately $8,000. She said the officers found 38 bags of marijuana weighing more than 921 kilos.
She said the seizure was part of an ongoing joint operation between the Customs and Excise Division and Pt Lisas Port security which started at the beginning of the year. Containers that came into the port which fitted a particular profile were singled out for inspection, she noted. A prominent businessman of central Trinidad, to whom the container had been assigned, was said to be assisting police with inquiries up to late yesterday. Thursday’s seizure was the fourth major drug bust at the port within six months. Sources said it was not the first time a container of drugs assigned to that businessman was seized by law enforcement officers.
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$30m DRUG BUST
Ganja seized among frozen chicken at Point Lisas
One tonne of drugs seized
One tonne of high grade compressed marijuana believed to have originated from Jamaica was discovered among frozen chicken parts and beef patties in a 40-foot container at the Port of Point Lisas on Thursday afternoon.
…Smugglers try new tactics
The drug smugglers used a new method on the Point Lisas port by stashing bales of marijuana in a refrigerated freight container, president of the Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation (Plipdeco), Ernest Ashley Taylor, said yesterday.