TT, US Coast Guards seize US$125 million in cocaine

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 13:45

The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and the US Coast Guard have worked together to seize 4.2 tonnes of cocaine worth US$125 million off the coast of Suriname.

The Coast Guard issued this statement today.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard in pursuit of its strategic operational mandates is committed to collaborating with local, regional and international counterparts to thwart all illegal activities in the nation’s maritime domain.

That partnership was highlighted on February 16, 2017 in a joint drug interdiction operation between the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and the US Coast Guard in which a seventy foot (70ft) fishing vessel was intercepted in international waters north of Paramaribo, off the coast of Suriname.

Searches were conducted on board the vessel and 4.2 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million US dollars ($125,000,000.00 USD/$837,000,000.00 TTD) was found. This seizure is one of largest in the Atlantic since 1999.

The fishing boat was then towed by TTCG and US Coast Guard vessels, to waters East of Tobago en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Four (4) men Guyanese nationality were detained in connection with the narcotics and subsequently transferred to U.S. Federal Law Enforcement authorities in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to face prosecution by the US Attorney’s Office."