A Venezuelan national is expected to appear before a Couva Magistrate today, charged with possession of $60,000 in narcotics.

Elias Dellan, 28, who is in this country illegally, was arrested by officers of the South Western Division (SWD), during an anti-crime exercise in California, Couva yesterday.

According to police reports, acting on information, the officers found the suspect in possession of 5.7 kilogrammes of narcotics in California.

The drug has a street value of approximately $60,000.

The charge was laid by Cpl Carter of the SWD. The exercise was coordinated by Snr. Supt. (Ag.) Brandon John and included Insp. Simon and Sgt. Breddy, also of the SWD.