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Boat, truck loaded with cocaine brought to court

BY INDARJIT SEURAJ

A pirogue and a truck loaded with cocaine were hauled to the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court and tendered into evidence yesterday when the preliminary inquiry into T&Tís biggest cocaine bust at Monos Island, continued yesterday.

The exhibits were tendered through Insp Anthony Lezama of the St James Police Station, during his testimony against four Venezuelans, an Antiguan and two Trinidadians, accused of trafficking an estimated $800 million worth of cocaine.

Senior Magistrate Lianne Lee Kim re-convened the Port-of-Spain Fourth (A) Court first to the basement of the courthouse, where the 1,735.2 kilogrammes of cocaine was brought to court in a three-ton truck.

The court then went to the front entrance of the court, on St Vincent Street, where the 26-foot pirogue, named ďFaith,Ē stood.

Venezuelans Alonzo Valera, 35, Cesar Perrera, 35, Freddy Garcia, 34, and Darwin Gonzales, 24; Antiguan businessman Ramon Jarvis, 46, of Jolly Harbour, Antigua; and Trinidadians Victor Sylvester, 30, and Shaheed Ali, 37, are before Lee Kim, charged with drug trafficking.

The seven were allegedly held with the narcotics, on August 23, 2005, at Passy Bay, Monos Island, off Trinidadís northwestern coast.

Another Venezuelan, Edwin Javier Marval Rodriguez, 33, who was initially charged with the others, was discharged on May 10, when Director of Public Prosecutions Geoffrey Henderson discontinued the case against him.

The inquiry continues today.

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