The police are yet to make an arrest for what is believed to be the biggest drug bust in Tobago’s history. Compressed marijuana valued at $11.2m was seized on Tuesday night by officers attached to the Scarborough, Moriah and Roxborough Police Stations. According to the police, they were informed about a shipment of drugs coming from St. Vincent; so they put a plan in action and undertook two simultaneous exercises in the Parlartuvier and Roxborough areas.
One part of the exercise saw officers in the ‘Criminal Gang & Intelligence Unit’ focusing their operations around Englishman’s Bay in Palartuvier and various other points along the Northside Road into Scarborough . The next part of the exercise was in the Roxborough district and it involved officers from the Task Force Unit, Moriah and Roxborough Police Stations.
According to Garfield Moore, Acting Senior Superintendent of the Tobago Police Division, officers intercepted a rented black Nissan Xtrail SUV at a road block in the vicinity of Runnemede. They found eleven bags of the compressed marijuana, but not before the driver and his passenger escaped. The men had evaded the road block by turning around and attempting a getaway, but the vehicle sustained some damaged after it hit an embankment and the occupants quickly ran off into the dark of the night.
The eleven bags of marijuana weighed 200 kilograms (kg) and had a street value of $6.2m. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Tobago Division, Heflin George said an arrest will come soon because they know the owner of the now impounded vehicle.
Meanwhile, in the other simultaneous exercise, the police officers discovered ten more bags of the compressed marijuana weighing 166.2 kg valued at $5m. The drugs were left in the bushes along the coastline, either waiting to be picked up or abandoned.
ACP George commended the efforts of the police officers involved in the operation as they would have gone the extra mile in undertaking their duties. He said it is a fact that Tobago is a transshipment point for illegal drugs and it is the intention of the Tobago Police Division to target areas where they believe such activities are occurring. He warned drug dealers, drug pushers and the drug lords, that no effort will be spared as they seek to eradicate, confiscate and to prosecute where necessary, to the fullest extent of the law, persons engaging in that type of illegal activity.