(Trinidad Guardian) A shipment of marijuana and cocaine totalling 13 bags were discovered by employees as they were offloading a container on the compound of Caribbean Bottlers Limited along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in Tunapuna yesterday.
Guardian Media was told that the shipping container originated from Mexico and also contained assorted drinks, including soft drinks, juices and beers.
According to a police report, at about noon employees were unpacking a shipment of goods when they noticed 12 duffel bags and one crocus bag to the back of the container behind the goods. They immediately called the police and officers of the Tunapuna Police Station responded.
Upon checking, the officers discovered that the bags contained an undisclosed amount of individually packaged compressed marijuana and cocaine.
Crime Scene Investigators visited the scene and processed it while the items were seized by the police. No one has been arrested for the find.
However, officers from the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit are actively conducting enquiries. Acting ACP Jacob and Snr Supt Curtis Paul, of the Northern Division, are heading the investigations.
Speaking with Guardian Media under strict anonymity, a worker said he and his colleagues were left in shock over the finding.
Although not wanting to comment much because it had left him “very much afraid,” the worker said: “I don’t know where the container was shipped from but what I do know is that somebody got to answer for that!”
Company officials who were on the compound at the time Guardian Media was present refused to comment. One official said the company would send out a release, however, up to press time, no release was sent.
Efforts to reach executive Sanjay Jagrup of Caribbean Bottlers Trinidad, makers of Coca-Cola locally, for comment via telephone were unsuccessful.
But in a statement, the company confirmed it received a shipment of product in its warehouse which contained illegal substances. It said it regretted that any individual or group would choose to uses its business for illegal purposes and strongly condemned that act. It said the company is fully co-operating with police in their investigation.
This was the fourth major drug find in just over one month.
On December 4, police seized $3.8 million worth of marijuana and cocaine at an apartment at Regent Gardens, Westmoorings.
On November 9, a cache of high-powered military type weapons, ammunition and over 100 packets of marijuana were seized by police at Munroe Road, Cunupia.
And on November 25, police seized in $3 million marijuana at a house at North Valsayn.
Investigations into the latest drug find are continuing.