Sunday 13 October, 2019

Customs officer held with estimated US$150K

A Customs Officer with over 13 years of service is said to be aiding police with inquiries after he was allegedly held receiving a package which contained an estimated US$150,000.

The package was seized on Monday afternoon, concealed in seven packs of Hanes vests at the Amerijet Caribbean Express Bond in Piarco.

The official, who was said to be a “Grade II Customs and Excise” officer, went to the compound on Monday shortly after midday to collect the package which was sent from North America.

During a routine search by other customs officials, the cash was allegedly found.

The suspect was questioned about it, however, he claimed he knew nothing of the money.

He was then taken to the Piarco Police Station and officials from the Financial Intelligence Bureau were contacted.

The suspect was said to have been held with a total of US$149,960 contrary to the Customs Act.

The suspect has maintained his innocence and is said to be aiding police with their investigations.

However, he is being kept detained until inquiries are completed.

 

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