Venezuelan man arrested in $4.3 m cocaine bust
A 27-year-old man from Venezuela, who entered Trinidad and Tobago illegally, is expected to appear before a Point Fortin Magistrate on Thursday, charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Jimmy Hernandez was arrested by officers of the Penal Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and South Western Division Task Force (SWDTF), during an anti-crime exercise on Tuesday.
Officers spotted Hernandez getting off a white boat along the shoreline with a black and grey knapsack as they carried out surveillance along Boleau Beach Road, Icacos Village, Cedros.
He headed toward a bushy area where he was intercepted by officers.
The lawmen conducted a search and discovered ten packets of cocaine, wrapped in layers of clear and black plastic and one black and silver Taurus pistol fitted with a loaded magazine containing five rounds of .380mm ammunition.
The drug has a total weight of 10.8 kilogrammes and an estimated street value of $4.3 million.
The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Neville Adams and Supt. (Ag.) Robert Phillip and supervised by Sgt. Sheldon Ablacksingh, of the Cedros police district. Charges were laid by Cpl. Clyde Harripersad, of the SWDTF.
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