Source: US Customs and Border Protection

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati noticed something strange about a shipment of food products transiting through a local express consignment facility. After a closer look, they discovered about two pounds of cocaine with a street value of approximately US $45,000.

The package was manifested as “food stuff” and contained bars of soaps and multiple types of food products, including two bags labeled as “soya chunks” containing what appeared to be a type of nugget. After opening one of the nuggets, officers found small pellets of a white, powdery substance. Testing confirmed the powder was cocaine.

“Smugglers can be creative in their attempts to get narcotics past our frontline,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie. “Our officers are exceptional at identifying shipments that warrant additional scrutiny, and now, more than ever, their skills are critical in securing our nation’s borders.”

The shipment originated from Trinidad and Tobago, a region vulnerable to drug trafficking and a transit point for large quantities of cocaine moving north from South America. The ultimate destination was a private residence in Ontario, Canada.

Cocaine is a dangerous and highly addictive stimulant. Abuse of this drug can lead to paranoia, exhaustion, heart conditions, convulsions, stroke, and death. Cocaine is classified as Schedule II stimulant under the Controlled Substances Act.


THERE is a backlog of 7,000 ballistics cases in Trinidad and Tobago.

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

Last month, two arms of the Ministry of National Security—the National Forensic Science Centre (NFSC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)—collaborated to launch a training programme, entitled Firearm and Toolmark Examiner Training, at the Police Training Academy in St James.

TRINIDAD and Tobago nationals stuck abroad have become so desperate to return home that some have attempted to bribe staff at the Ministry of National Security to get preferential treatment in the exemption process.

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.

Political parties can have walkabouts with more than 25 people, but they must be separated into smaller groups.

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.

AS investigations continue to determine who shot Ornella Greaves in Beetham Gardens, more and more cell phone videos are being released on social media sites.

Greaves, a mother of five, who was pregnant when she was killed was shot at about 10 a.m. on June 30 when police officers and Beetham Gardens residents clashed during a violent protest.

CHIEF executive of Namalco Construction Services Naeem Ali has filed private criminal charges against three police officers alleging that they assaulted him and stole $.2 million from his vehicle during an exercise in Penal two Wednesdays ago.