Chinese nationals held in drug bust in Trinidad

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The police are investigating an incident in which four Chinese nationals were arrested and over TT$8 million (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) worth of illegal drugs and a quantity of cash were confiscated during a drug bust.

The incident took place last week during an intelligence-led exercise which was conducted in the Northern Division

The police report that during the exercise, a search warrant for firearms and ammunition was executed at a residence located in the community of Trincity, to the east of here.

During a search of the premises, officers allegedly found and seized 201 glass vials, each labelled ‘Ketamin 10% INJ 23ml for Veterinary Use Only’, along with 76 zip lock packets each containing a white crystal-like substance resembling the dangerous drug Ketamine.

Ketamine is described as a mind altering drug has often used to help people suffering from anxiety and depression

The officers also found and seized TT$33 775 in polymer notes, $865 Yen, TT$53 currency in cotton notes and a quantity of apparatus.

Jaicheng Jiang, 26, was arrested and subsequently charged with possession of Ketamine for the purpose of trafficking.

The Ketamine, which weighed 12.7 kilograms, had a street value of TT$8 623 300.

On Friday, a detention order was granted by Magistrate Dubay at the Arima Magistrate Court with respect to the quantity of cash seized at the premises, pending further investigations.

Three other Chinese nationals, two men aged 38 and 29 and a 27-year-old woman, who were found at the premises were also arrested.

Further enquiries revealed that they were in the country illegally.

The Immigration Division is conducting inquiries. (CMC)

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