Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Surinamese woman charged with trafficking drugs bound for Barbados


A Surinamese woman appeared before an Arima Magistrate on Wednesday charged with trafficking drugs worth approximately TT$2 million (US$ 296,000) after she was held at Piarco International Airport on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), 36-year-old Bernadette Astrid Silvana Van Zichem, an electrician from Suriname, appeared before the Arima 3rd Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The matter was adjourned to Thursday.

Van Zichem was held by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) on Wednesday at the airport around 7:55 am as she prepared to board flight BW412 bound for Barbados. She was in-transit from Suriname. 

Officials searched her suitcase and found 4.78 kilogrammes of cocaine with an estimated street value of TT$1,912,000 and 14.14 kilogrammes of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of TT$1,267,707.

She was charged by officers of the OCIU on Tuesday.


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