Thursday, March 16, 2006

'Smelly' suspect held for cocaine

Trinidad News

A Jamaican national, said to have a body odour problem, is expected to appear before an Arima Magistrate today charged with the possession of seven kilos of cocaine for trafficking.

Around 9 p.m. on Saturday the 36-year-old man came off BWIA flight 415 and while going through customs he was pulled aside and questioned by officers from the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB), police said.

Passengers aboard the flight with the man reportedly told authorities that he was "acting funny." They also complained about his smell.

While in customs, narcotics officers asked the man to accompany them to an office where he was searched and 15 packets of cocaine were found strapped to his stomach, thigh and groin.

Officers also checked his travel documents which revealed he had been denied entry into St Martin.

The man was arrested, taken into custody and was being interrogated up to last night.

OCNFB officers are also continuing investigations into the discovery of 417 grammes of cocaine found in 10 envelopes at a TTPost office.

Police did not want to reveal which TTPost office the narcotics were found but said that it had an estimated street value of $200,000 and that all the envelopes had London, England, addresses

No arrests have been made in connection with the TTPost find.

By Gyasi Gonzales


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