The boxes containing a compressed plant like material resembling marijuana, seized in the major drug bust in Chaguanas, on Wednesday 12 August 2020. (Image: TTPS)

Eight persons were arrested yesterday after more than $94 million in marijuana were seized in Central Trinidad.

An official release from Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) reports that yesterday’s bust has resulted in a major disruption of a transnational organized drug syndicate with connections in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Jamaica.

The TTPS says the bust was the culmination of extensive intelligence and investigative work conducted by TTPS officers.

According to the statement, at around 10:30 am on Wednesday 12th August 2020, officers of the Central Intelligence Bureau, the Northern Division Gang Unit, the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), with support from officers of the Customs and Excise Department and Port Security, intercepted a container at Kolahal Road, Charlieville, Chaguanas.

The container reportedly left the Port of Port of Spain Port on the same day.

On searching the container, officers found 958 boxes containing a compressed plant like material resembling marijuana, which weighed 947.64 kilogrammes, with a street value of $94,764,000.

Eight persons were arrested.  The sum of $60,000 was also seized.

Charges are expected to be laid soon, both by the Police and the Customs and Excise Division.

The boxes containing a compressed plant like material resembling marijuana, in the container intercepted during in the major drug bust in Chaguanas, on Wednesday 12 August 2020. (Image: TTPS)

DCP (Ag) Investigations and Intelligence, Mc Donald Jacob, said the operation was as a result of cooperation from other internal and external law enforcement agencies.

He also stated that this major breakthrough was due to the efforts being made by the Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, to engender cooperation amongst the various regional law enforcement agencies.

DCP Jacob added that the Central Intelligence Bureau was recently established by the CoP to achieve such positive outcomes.

Cpl Stephenson of the Northern Division is continuing investigations.