DEA agents investigate T&T cocaine ring

A team of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are in Trinidad working assiduously to crack a major cocaine ring following a US$100 million bust in Norfolk, Virginia, USA last December.

The drug, which was packed in Trinidad and Tobago-made orange and grape fruit juices in 700 cans were seized by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of Norfolk on Dec. 20, 2013 but the haul was only announced on Thursday, Jan, 16, 2014.

The discovery was made during an inspection of a 20-foot container containing the fruit juices, which left the Port of Spain, Trinidad port two weeks earlier, was destined for New York.

Law enforcement officers in the U.S. called the discovery a “cold hit” according to Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Mark J Laria.

DEA officer are questioning several people, including businessmen, customs officers and port officials.

The seizure is the largest in the history of the Port of Norfolk.

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