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$22 million in cocaine seized in Trinidad

HIGH VALUE HAUL: The 50 packets of cocaine with an estimated street value of $22 million which were allegedly found in two suitcases belonging to Nathaniel Bowen from Arima as he attempted to board a flight to New York at Piarco International Airport on Tuesday night. —Photos: GYASI GONZALES

A 19-year-old employee with Servisair was yesterday denied bail when he appeared before an Arima magistrate charged with being in possession of close to $22 million in cocaine.

Nathaniel Bowen of Carib Homes, Victory Street, Arima, appeared before Senior First Court Magistrate Indra Ramoo-Haynes charged with being in possession of 54 kilogrammes of pure cocaine.

Despite a plea for bail by his attorney, Reynold Waldropt, Magistrate Ramoo-Haynes upheld an objection by court prosecutor Sgt Fitzgerald Johnson.

Johnson said even though Bowen did not have previous convictions or pending matters before the courts, he was objecting to bail based on the severity of the offence and the quantity of the narcotics.

He pointed out that the prosecution was of the opinion that Bowen may not submit himself to the court if he was granted bail. Ramoo-Haynes then reminded Bowen of his right to apply to a judge in chambers for bail and adjourned the matter to September 19.

According to the charges, officers from the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) were conducting enquiries at the airport when they intercepted two tagged suitcases.

The suitcases were searched and several packets of cocaine found inside which were bound for New York on board Caribbean Airlines flight BW 520. The suspect was subsequently arrested and taken to the Piarco Police Station where he was interviewed.

A search was conducted at his home and nine grammes of marijuana were also allegedly found. Bowen was later charged with both offences before being taken to court yesterday.

In an unrelated incident, OCNFB officers along with members of the Defence Force and South Western Division destroyed seven marijuana fields in the Moruga forest on Thursday.

Approximately 40,000 fully grown marijuana trees were destroyed along with 20,000 seedlings as well as two camps used by marijuana planters. During the exercise, law enforcement officers destroyed approximately $40 million in marijuana trees .

Both operations were spearheaded by Snr Supt Simon Lendore, head of the OCNFB.

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Comment by angie on August 24, 2011 at 11:53pm

such a shame to see a young man life go to waste. so young and dumb. he will realize one day that he was used by the big guns. too bad he didn't appreciate his freedom. oh well, Parents Teach Your Children to stay away from those drug dealers


Comment by Ravie Prasaud on August 24, 2011 at 1:15am
Shame how someone could ruin this 19 yr life. He absolutely didn't know the consequences if he got busted with all that drug
Comment by Natalie on August 23, 2011 at 11:40am
The Judge made the right decision 'NO BAIL" Trinidad has a VERY serious problem and it's drugs...... the young generation is placing a high percentage of focus on dealing with drugs and it's an over-flow toward the HARD crime in the country such as prostitution, murder, kidnapping etc and other inhumane crimes. In order for a GOOD CHANGE one has to pay the price and set an example. Now how BRAVE can one be to take such a risk to board a flight from Trinidad entering USA with such large quantity of drugs in a suite case ‘Really” and when he reaches’ NY or any part of USA he thinks he in the clear. We need to look into the high officials of parliament HE can be a SCAPE GOAT.  
Comment by Patricia on August 22, 2011 at 10:21pm
very good, guys. Keep up the good work. The Caribbean Islands need new methods to detect drugs leaving the airport. It's too easy to get by.
Comment by Connie on August 22, 2011 at 9:35pm
Oh come on, this kid was a drug mule, he's not the real King-Pin. He will not sing either, he knows he will be eliminated in a split second and his entire family, if he ever open his mouth.
Comment by dao on August 22, 2011 at 7:53pm
Let him go free. Cause he got heart
Comment by Gideon Charles on August 22, 2011 at 6:59pm

The employees with Servisair should all be thoroughly investigated. They do not make much money and most of them would do almost anything to make fast money including dealing drugs and quite apparently guns. The judge did the right and best thing in denying bail. He would have to start singing very soon.

Comment by trinigul on August 22, 2011 at 2:11pm
Where'd that 19yo get that kinda $. Puh-lease!

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