Update: Swissport employees held; $35M in cocaine seized
Two Swissport employees were among five charged with drug trafficking after two suitcases of drugs worth $34.7 million was seized at the Piarco International Airport.
In a statement issued Monday, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said the drugs, which weighed almost 90 kilogrammes in total, were found in two suitcases due to be loaded onto a Caribbean Airlines flight, bound for New York, on April 29.
45-year-old Marlon Ricardo Thomas, a labourer of San Juan, 24-year-old Krystel Birot of Trincity and 27-year-old Maurice Edwin Hinds, of Arouca, both employed with Swissport, as well as Kyle Jones, 23, of Sangre Grande and K'Dere Lee Gomez, 27, of Carapo, both employed with Intercept Security, were arrested and subsequently charged after the drugs were found concealed in two suitcases at Piarco International Airport, on Sunday, April 29.
The suitcases were to be loaded on Caribbean Airlines flight, BW520, destined for New York, around 10:45 pm on the same day.
Police said the suitcases contained 38 and 39 packets of cocaine weighing 42.88 and 43.92 kilogrammes of the drug respectively.
The accused were charged on Sunday, May 6 following investigations by the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU).
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