A $94 million drug bust in Central Trinidad has led to the arrest of eight persons.
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) stated that extensive intelligence and investigative work was what disrupted a transnational organized drug syndicate with connections in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Jamaica.
Around 10:30am on Wednesday, officers of the Central Intelligence Bureau, the Northern Division Gang Unit, the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), with support from officers of the Customs and Excise Department and Port Security, intercepted a container at Kolahal Road, Charlieville, Chaguanas.
The container reportedly left the Port of Port of Spain on the same day.
During a search, officers found 958 boxes containing a compressed plant-like material resembling marijuana, which weighed 947.64 kilogrammes, with a street value of $94,764,000.
The suspects were held and $60,000 was also seized.
Acting DCP of Investigations and Intelligence, Mc Donald Jacob said the operation was a result of cooperation from other internal and external law enforcement agencies.
He also stated that this major breakthrough was due to efforts made by Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, to engender cooperation amongst the various regional agencies.
Corporal Stephenson of the Northern Division is continuing investigations.
Charges are expected to be laid soon, both by the Police and the Customs and Excise Division.