Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Griffith going after big fish; son of businessman on radar

Dozens of agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are in Trinidad to investigate the shipment of cocaine to Norfolk Virginia from the port of Port of Spain in December last year. And local media reports say the agents are focusing on certain business people as suspects in what has been described as a well planned and executed operation to move the cocaine to the U.S.

The Express newspaper said arrests are imminent, citing DEA sources.

Read the story:

...‘Son of prominent local businessman on the radar

Other media reports say DEA agents have seized shipping documents relating to the export of products and are reported to be closing in suspects. 

The Guardian newspaper said a prominent T&T businessman has been identified as a prime suspect and a the Americans are already making a case for his extradition to the U.S.  

The paper said the American officials have seized a bill of landing that which hasthe named the consignee, the exporter and a full description of the goods and its intended destination. 

In a related story National Security Minister Gary Griffith said Monday he is going after the big fish and gave the assurance that there would be no cover up.

"Regardless of who it is or how high it goes, I can assure you that I will do all I can to ensure that the persons are brought to justice. People always ask about the ‘big fish’, well I want the ‘big fish’ badly,” Griffith told the Trinidad Express newspaper.

"The days of picking up the more junior person and leaving it there, while allowing the ‘big fish’ to continue to get away are over. It is time that the ‘big fish’ stop swimming,” he added. 

Griffith also commented on a statement by PNM Senator Faris al-Rawi that there would be "bloodshed" over this drug bust, saying the senator is trying to cause panic.

"I don’t want people to have the fear that there would be mass killings,” Griffith stated...

"We will continue to seize weapons, we will continue to make major drug busts but the individuals who continue to want to be involved in a life of crime, they would pay the price," Griffith said.

He gave the assurance that all systems "that we can put in place to ensure that there would be no set of reprisals would be done by the law enforcement agencies."

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