Coast Guard seize 152 bottles of illegal alcohol aboard pirogue

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:30

Coast Guard personnel have seized 152 bottles of illegal alcohol aboard a pirogue and have arrested two people including a Venezuelan national.

The Coast Guard has issued this statement on the matter.

"At approximately 10:02 am on Monday 15th August 2016, an interceptor vessel of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard was on routine patrol and effected the boarding of a pirogue named “Shark” with the registration number, TGF 2124 five (5) nautical miles north Entrada Point, with two occupants on board.

The vessel and the occupants were brought back to Coast Guard Headquarters, Staubles Bay where thorough searches were conducted.

During the search one hundred and fifty-two (152) bottles of illegal alcohol were discovered and the two occupants, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen and an illegal Venezuelan entrant were detained by the Coast Guard.

Working in partnership with the Customs and Excise Division and the Immigration Division this matter received their advice and action to take the men and their cargo into custody to continue the investigations and take appropriate action."