The $15 million drug bust at Regents Gardens apartment complex in Westmoorings on Tuesday, has been linked to a St Ann’s businessman with close ties to one of the suspects held for the drug seizure.
The businessman was under surveillance for several months and investigators believe he carried on a lucrative and brisk trade involving marijuana and cocaine between TT, other Caricom countries and North America.
The man is believed to have very close ties with criminal elements in Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. According to intelligence sources, the drugs may have entered Trinidad on Monday night close to a businessplace in Carenage.
The illegal port of entry which is close to a gas station in the West is also believed to be the area where drugs are usually dropped off. Newsday understands the drugs was supposed to be re-packaged to be sold locally, in the Caribbean and in North America.
The five who were detained following the seizure of the drugs at the apartment were first taken to the Four Roads Police Station but later removed to different stations in Port of Spain Division.
On Tuesday at 11 am, a joint team of officers from the Special Operations Response Team acted on information went to the apartment where the drugs were found. It is believed the drugs originated from Venezuela. No charges have been laid as yet and investigations are ongoing.