The MV Throne

Three men appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Virtual Court on Friday charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

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On April 29, an intelligence-led exercise was conducted by the Special Investigations Unit, spearheaded by Supt. Francis, coordinated by Sgt Kelly and included officers of the Western Division.

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Sgt. Kelly boarded the MV Throne vessel and commenced a thorough search, during which, 475.9 kilogrammes of cocaine was allegedly discovered and seized.

Officers arrested the captain of the vessel and 18 crew members who are all foreign nationals.

On Tuesday last, advice was obtained and received from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr. Roger Gaspard, that the following suspects be jointly charged for trafficking in dangerous drugs:

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1. Captain of the vessel, Shaikh Arif Noor Mohammed age 31, of, 15 Madhubhal Mill Compound Gujarati, India;

2. Second officer of the vessel, Chandan Kumar Singh, age 25, of Abgila Patna Binar, India; and

3. Manager of the vessel, Behzat Tokgoz, age 42, of, Ankara, Turkey.

The DPP has advised that the vessel be seized as an exhibit and be subject to forfeiture as an instrumentality of the crime under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Chapter 11:27.

Section 58 of the Police Service Act will be initiated through the court to obtain an order for its disposal via sale and for funds to be deposited into an interest bearing account pending the outcome of the substantive trafficking charge.

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The three men appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court and the matter has been adjourned to May 29.


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This climbing backlog is as a result of a shortage of ballistics examiners and lack of space which has resulted in delayed legal proceedings.

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Now, National Security Minister Stuart Young is warning that this will not be tolerated and anyone attempting to bribe his/her way back to T&T will be reported to the police.

Young was speaking during the Ministry of Health’s virtual news conference yesterday, where he revealed that ministry staff have been offered bribes.

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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh gave this advice yesterday, as he urged political parties and candidates to adhere to the public health regulations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as they embark on their pre-election campaigning.

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