cocaine reel

A Nigerian national who allegedly attempted to mail to India and Thailand a quantity of cocaine hidden among several fishing reels in envelopes, has been arrested. 

The man was arrested for the offence of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

On January 13 around 2.15 p.m., officers attached to the Marabella Criminal Investigation Department (CID), as a result of information received, went to TTPost, Coffee Street, San Fernando, where they detained the suspect.

Police said the 40-year-old man, had been residing at Rueben Lane Enterprise, Chaguanas.

The suspect reportedly attempted to export a quantity of cocaine to India and Thailand, which were hidden among several fishing reels in several envelopes.

Officers from the said unit under the supervision of Sgt Wilkinson of the San Fernando Operations Unit executed a search warrant around 4.20 p.m. at the man’s Enterprise address, where they allegedly recovered 446 grammes of cocaine.

The suspect was taken to the Marabella CID office where he was expected to be charged with the offence. 

He is expected to appear in a virtual hearing before a San Fernando magistrate this week. 


Attorneys are demanding that National Security Minister Stuart Young immediately remove his “arbitrary, illegal and unlawful poli­cy regarding entry to citizens into their beloved homeland, Trinidad and Tobago”.

The demand is made in a legal letter to Young and co­pied to Health Mini­ster Terrence Deyal­singh on behalf of 74-year-old pensioner Radhikar Ramoutar, who has been stranded in Canada since March 2020.

The former Petrotrin refinery is on the market again.

For the second time in three months, the Government has rejec­ted an offer by Patriotic Energies and Technologies, the company owned by the Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU), to acquire the Pointe-a-Pierre based refinery.

It follows 14 months of negotiations between both parties, with the liens (debt) of the assets being the sticking point.

THE board of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) met in emergency session on the “insistence” of the Health Minister on Monday afternoon and ordered an immediate audit of all outpatient clinic appointments.

The action comes on the heels of a Sunday Express expose which revealed a barrage of patient complaints over long delays for appointments and treatments and serious shortcomings in the primary health care system.

We were misled.

That was the position advanced by Oilfields Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) president general Ancel Roget yesterday following a decision taken by Cabinet to reject the bid by the OWTU-owned Patriotic Energies and Technologies Ltd for the acquisition of the former Petrotrin refinery assets.

It’s hardly the grand entrance Joe Biden might have dreamed of. The US president-elect arrived in the nation’s capital yesterday, ready to assume power as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office.