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Trinidad Police Make Major Bust in Drug Trafficking Ring With Alleged Foreign Connections

SOME OF THE DRUGS FOUND IN THE APARTMENT IN THE UPSCALE COMMUNITY. (PHOTO CREDIT: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE)


Police yesterday made a multi-million-dollar drug, firearm and ammunition bust at an apartment in an upscale residential area and arrested five people.

And according to media reports, intelligence had revealed that there was a Venezuelan/Mexican drug cartel link to the seizure which is valued at approximately TT$15 million (US$2.2 million).

Acting on intelligence, the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith went to the residence in Westmoorings, Diego Martin, west of the capital Port of Spain, around midday, and discovered the large quantities of drugs and firearms.

POLICE COMMISSIONER GARY GRIFFITH (RIGHT) ON THE SCENE. (PHOTO CREDIT: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE)

Two men and two women were arrested at the house, while a fifth suspect who fled the scene in a BMW was intercepted by police not too far away.

TWO OF THE SUSPECTS. (PHOTO CREDIT: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE)

POLICE COMMISSIONER GARY GRIFFITH AND OFFICERS AT THE SCENE WITH ONE OF THE FEMALE SUSPECTS (AT RIGHT, IN YELLOW). (PHOTO CREDIT: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POLICE SERVICE)

Commissioner Grif­fith ex­plained that the sting was set up af­ter po­lice received in­for­ma­tion the day before about pos­si­ble drug ac­tiv­i­ty in the area.

He said the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) was going after all those responsible for the drug trade, no matter where they were.

“What I am do­ing is cut­ting the food chain, cut­ting the drug trade. The more drugs that I seize the more it is they are go­ing to make mis­takes. The more mis­takes they make, the more I’m go­ing to keep peg­ging them back,” he told reporters.

“I in­tend to crip­ple the drug trade. I in­tend to crip­ple the trade of gangs and oth­ers who con­tin­ue to bring in guns and drugs in­to this coun­try.”

Asked by a reporter to give, in one sentence, a message to drug traffickers and drug dealers in the twin-island republic, the top cop replied: “happy hour over.”

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