Suspicious package leads to narco search
By NALINEE SEELAL Friday, January 24 2014
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WORK RESUMES: Workers from Abel Building Solutions continue offloading goods from a container after it was ascertained the white powdery substance fou...
ON FULL alert following the recent exportation from this country of $640 million in cocaine to a port in the United States, a joint team of officers from Police Central Division along with Customs and Excise yesterday seized a 40 pound package with a substance officers said resembled cocaine from a container containing imported glass at Longdenville after employees reported seeing the suspicious package inside the container.
According to reports, at about 8 am, while employees of Abel Building Solutions (ABS) were opening a container with imported glass they discovered the suspicious package.
Consistent with company protocol and precautionary procedures, the area was cordoned off and Customs and Police, including officers from the Central Division were notified by ABS officials. Both Customs and Police responded immediately and conducted various tests, and following forensic testing conducted by Customs and Police, the field tests proved that the package did not contain any narcotic substances.
ABS officials revealed yesterday in a press release they will continue to provide full cooperation to Customs and Police.
However, Newsday understands that the package was a bag with a weight of 40 pounds, white in colour which contained white solids resembling cocaine. Police bomb experts were also called in and officers of the Chaguanas Police led by Sgt Jitendra Toolaram and including Cpl King and others took the package to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where a request was made for a final forensic analysis to confirm the field analysis that the substance in the bag was not an illegal narcotic.
Newsday understands the shipper was contacted as well. It was subsequently discovered that the container had passed through two ports in China then went to Mexico, and then to two ports in Panama before coming to Trinidad. Toolaram of the Chaguanas CID is continuing enquiries.
In a release late yesterday evening, Abel management said an investigation revealed that the white powdery substance was chemical cleaner which was inadvertently left inside the container.