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Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby stikid09 » May 13th, 2019, 6:10 pm

The mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar co­caine find abroad a Span­ish tanker at At­lantic LNG in Point Fortin in April has un­hinged a so­phis­ti­cat­ed drug smug­gling op­er­a­tion fa­cil­i­tat­ed by a net­work of in­flu­en­tial lo­cal busi­ness­men with po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions on both sides of the fence.

High-rank­ing in­tel­li­gence sources, cus­toms of­fi­cials, and se­nior po­lice sources speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymi­ty con­firmed the pat­tern of this or­gan­ised net­work, that is al­so en­gag­ing the at­ten­tion of US law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

"This is a tight net­work of three ma­jor busi­ness­men who are well con­nect­ed not on­ly here but they have ties in Eu­rope and North Amer­i­ca," the source said.

Some of these in­di­vid­u­als, he ex­plained, have been liv­ing the high life pos­ing with fast cars and pri­vate jets all over the world. "They al­so use their dirty mon­ey to spon­sor high-end events in Eu­rope, North Amer­i­ca and even all the way on the oth­er side of the world in New Zealand," he re­vealed.

Though these in­di­vid­u­als have a fleet of le­git­i­mate busi­ness­es lo­cal­ly and abroad, a source de­scribed it as "a per­fect cov­er for them to op­er­ate their ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties".

Over the last few months, law en­force­ment sources said these busi­ness­men have been at­tempt­ing to thwart their in­ves­ti­ga­tions by reach­ing out to sev­er­al in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines.

They said that a par­tic­u­lar busi­ness­man and his busi­ness part­ners are not on­ly "cocky" but well con­nect­ed to sev­er­al in­flu­en­tial peo­ple that "could make any prob­lem they have dis­ap­pear".

In fact, sources in sev­er­al arms of the lo­cal law en­force­ment are­na said that sev­er­al in­flu­en­tial peo­ple had been try­ing to get de­tails about the probe in­volv­ing the busi­ness­men in ques­tion.

"The idea we are get­ting is that they will stop at noth­ing to mash up cer­tain elite units that have been work­ing around the clock to piece to­geth­er this il­le­gal trail. Be­cause of their mon­ey and in­flu­ence, they think they could buy any­one," ex­plained a se­nior po­lice source who has been ac­tive­ly in­volved in look­ing at the busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties of these par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­u­als and piec­ing to­geth­er a pa­per trail.

But the of­fi­cers told the Sun­day Guardian that they were hold­ing the in­for­ma­tion "close to their chest" and they would not be swayed by any­one to re­veal any par­tic­u­lars about this far-reach­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The op­er­a­tion

The scope of their op­er­a­tion on­ly be­came more ap­par­ent af­ter au­thor­i­ties found the co­caine ship­ment aboard the His­pania Spir­it at the At­lantic LNG port in Point Fortin on April 3 around 9 am.

Cus­toms sources had in­formed Guardian Me­dia that sev­en bales of co­caine with a street val­ue of close to $120m were found at­tached to the rud­der of the ship. The rud­der is a big met­al flap at­tached to the tail of the ship that as­sists in the steer­ing of the ves­sel.

The stash was found just be­fore the ves­sel's de­par­ture to Spain. The cap­tain was con­duct­ing safe­ty checks when he saw what ap­peared to be sus­pi­cious pack­ages in the rud­der well area. The cap­tain alert­ed an agent who lat­er con­tact­ed the au­thor­i­ties. Coast Guard divers re­trieved the co­caine, which weighed some 200 kilo­grammes.

Sev­er­al for­eign tankers en­ter the At­lantic port fre­quent­ly to col­lect LNG be­fore leav­ing for their des­ti­na­tions.

Sev­er­al lo­cal law en­force­ment arms have been in­volved in this in­tri­cate in­ves­ti­ga­tion piec­ing to­geth­er bit by bit the trail of these busi­ness­men.

One Cus­toms source re­vealed that based on the in­for­ma­tion they have now ob­tained the drugs were placed un­der the ves­sel while it was wait­ing to en­ter the At­lantic port. "The in­for­ma­tion is that the co­caine came from Venezuela and some­one would have told the per­sons that the ship will be stop­ping there for a while be­fore com­ing to port. Be­cause there were fre­quent se­cu­ri­ty pa­trols in this area of the Gulf of Paria that night, the smug­glers did not have enough time to se­cure the drugs prop­er­ly, " the Cus­toms source re­vealed.

Sources said these well-net­worked busi­ness­men have been able to es­tab­lish con­tact with sev­er­al Venezue­lan un­der­world fig­ures and "through their men of busi­ness, they are able to fa­cil­i­tate these mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar il­lic­it trans­ac­tions".

An in­tel­li­gence source said in this in­stance the co­caine was sup­posed to be tak­en off the His­pania ves­sel, brought in­land and prop­er arrange­ments then made by the in­flu­en­tial busi­ness­men to have this ship­ment sent to Eu­rope.

"We have been mon­i­tor­ing sev­er­al of these car­go ship­ments for a while now. How this works is that in sev­er­al cas­es the drugs are hid­den in parts of heavy end equip­ment. The part they or­dered, would be lat­er opened up through weld­ing, the drugs placed in­side and then they would weld it back shut and say it was the wrong part and then re­turn to sender," said the well-placed in­tel­li­gence source.

He ex­plained that this way, not even snif­fer dogs could de­tect the con­tra­band.

"When the drugs are sent through this medi­um. The "right" part is then re­sent in the same man­ner and the mon­ey for the trans­ac­tion is hid­den in­side a weld­ed com­part­ment for the busi­ness­men to then col­lect ei­ther in US cur­ren­cy, pounds or Eu­ros, de­pend­ing on the coun­try that the ship­ment was sent to."

On­ly last week, the source said, a co­caine drop was made in south Trinidad in the dead of night by a Venezue­lan man and a lo­cal. "The in­for­mant told us that they drove to the lo­ca­tion and dropped off sev­er­al bags of co­caine. The busi­ness­man who wasn't in the coun­try was con­tact­ed by his man of busi­ness via Skype and he con­firmed to him that the stuff was re­al by taste test­ing it while he looked on," said the in­tel­li­gence source.

No com­ment from Grif­fith, PM

Ear­li­er this week, Guardian Me­dia con­tact­ed Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith to com­ment on the claims be­ing made. How­ev­er, he said it was an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and he did not want to com­ment.

Guardian Me­dia al­so reached out to Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley, head of the Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Coun­cil via text mes­sage on the claims be­ing made. He, how­ev­er, did not re­spond up to late yes­ter­day.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/business ... cf22d6bd49

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Rockram » May 13th, 2019, 6:19 pm

Wonder if this is related to Gulf View Mansion Raids ???

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Postby zoom rader » May 13th, 2019, 6:56 pm

I guess it's not the 99%

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby ProtonPowder » May 13th, 2019, 7:28 pm

Rockram wrote:Wonder if this is related to Gulf View Mansion Raids ???

Not saying yes or no, but the drugs were reportedly hidden in heavy machinery, and the star house of the raid's owner owns an industrial supply company, and his neighbour, who was also raided, owns a successful electronics store.

Nice company though, i buy a lot of my tools there.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby rspann » May 13th, 2019, 7:34 pm

Anybody saw the video by wackerman? Remember the names called?

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Postby The_Honourable » May 13th, 2019, 7:47 pm

rspann wrote:Anybody saw the video by wackerman? Remember the names called?


Post the video dey

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby zoom rader » May 13th, 2019, 8:03 pm

Drugs probe for new kids on the block

What about the old men on the block, you know the pioneers of the drug trade.

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Postby wagonrunner » May 13th, 2019, 8:23 pm

The busi­ness­man who wasn't in the coun­try was con­tact­ed by his man of busi­ness via Skype and he con­firmed to him that the stuff was re­al by taste test­ing it while he looked on," said the in­tel­li­gence source.

This became fantasy at this point.

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Postby shogun » May 13th, 2019, 8:24 pm

Place is a cesspool yes.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby whiteliver » May 13th, 2019, 11:24 pm

stop the drug trade the country falls down....

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Postby shogun » May 13th, 2019, 11:34 pm

Legalize marijuana and regulate the sale by citizens and part of the illegal trade could become our legal hussle, free up the courts and refocus those resources on prosecuting/ jailing the cocaine traffickers.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Redman » May 14th, 2019, 4:34 am

You can't stop a product that starts at 150/Kg but sells for 30,000 plus.

Just too much money involved.

With the demand and supply located where they are...there ain't no stopping it.
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Postby Ben_spanna » May 14th, 2019, 8:28 am

whiteliver wrote:stop the drug trade the country falls down....


Let it fall... we are so close to rock bottom it wont matter at this point.
ALL the drug trade people, businessmen, customs, coast guard, army and policemen involved need to fall... all of them should be Locked away for LIFE ...

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Postby cueball1990 » May 14th, 2019, 8:45 am

i heard from a grapevine source that one of the mansions they raided belongs to mr former attorney general . apparently what they said is he "renting" it from someone but it seems like he owns it but just want to make it seem like he is renting it

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby pugboy » May 14th, 2019, 9:10 am

He get bullions in legal fees
He doh need drug money

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby l33t2 » May 14th, 2019, 10:05 am

Redman wrote:You can't stop a product that starts at 150/Kg but sells for 30,000 plus.

Just too much money involved.

With the demand and supply located where they are...there ain't no stopping it.
Ask Mexico


Uhm what kinda 1980s price of coke is that? It's closer to $1000 a kg direct from Colombia now. Your end sale price is roughly correct, but depends on the region. Locally men would buy that over for as low as 10k but in Miami or Spain u looking at 20k USD minimum.
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Postby MG Man » May 14th, 2019, 10:05 am

wagonrunner wrote:
The busi­ness­man who wasn't in the coun­try was con­tact­ed by his man of busi­ness via Skype and he con­firmed to him that the stuff was re­al by taste test­ing it while he looked on," said the in­tel­li­gence source.

This became fantasy at this point.


you saying Starsky and Hutch were doing it wrong?

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Dizzy28 » May 14th, 2019, 10:11 am

You seem to know lots about the coke trade Chet!!!
l33t2 wrote:
Redman wrote:You can't stop a product that starts at 150/Kg but sells for 30,000 plus.

Just too much money involved.

With the demand and supply located where they are...there ain't no stopping it.
Ask Mexico


Uhm what kinda 1980s price of coke is that? It's closer to $1000 a kg direct from Colombia now. Your end sale price is roughly correct, but depends on the region. Locally men would buy that over for as low as 10k but in Miami or Spain u looking at 20k USD minimum.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby l33t2 » May 14th, 2019, 10:16 am

Dizzy28 wrote:You seem to know lots about the coke trade Chet!!!
l33t2 wrote:
Redman wrote:You can't stop a product that starts at 150/Kg but sells for 30,000 plus.

Just too much money involved.

With the demand and supply located where they are...there ain't no stopping it.
Ask Mexico


Uhm what kinda 1980s price of coke is that? It's closer to $1000 a kg direct from Colombia now. Your end sale price is roughly correct, but depends on the region. Locally men would buy that over for as low as 10k but in Miami or Spain u looking at 20k USD minimum.


Yea cuz it's common sense public info brah

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Dizzy28 » May 14th, 2019, 10:17 am

Public info?? Not the public I live in. Recheck your circles brah.

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Postby MG Man » May 14th, 2019, 10:20 am

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Postby mero » May 14th, 2019, 10:24 am

Dizzy28 wrote:Public info?? Not the public I live in. Recheck your circles brah.
You seem to forget Daran knows everything about everything and even when he doesn't know he still knows cuz he's Daran

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby airuma » May 14th, 2019, 11:34 am

Ben_spanna wrote:
whiteliver wrote:stop the drug trade the country falls down....


Let it fall... we are so close to rock bottom it wont matter at this point.
ALL the drug trade people, businessmen, customs, coast guard, army and policemen involved need to fall... all of them should be Locked away for LIFE ...

The longer the fall is delayed, more time to make money.
Strange coincidence that Atlantic LNG making news for two things at the same time, makes me wonder if they are related.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Ben_spanna » May 14th, 2019, 12:47 pm

So the mark buss weekend gone..word around is that since then 2 customs officers took a vacation abroad, as well as 2 coast guards and another individual who helps with the maintenance and operation of the Radar.

I guess its sheer coincidence!

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby zoom rader » May 14th, 2019, 2:53 pm

This happened years ago on the Harold laboard ship in Pt Lisas, it's nothing new.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Redman » May 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm

l33t2 wrote:
Redman wrote:You can't stop a product that starts at 150/Kg but sells for 30,000 plus.

Just too much money involved.

With the demand and supply located where they are...there ain't no stopping it.
Ask Mexico


Uhm what kinda 1980s price of coke is that? It's closer to $1000 a kg direct from Colombia now. Your end sale price is roughly correct, but depends on the region. Locally men would buy that over for as low as 10k but in Miami or Spain u looking at 20k USD minimum.


The farmer that dances in the acid pit to make the paste...gets 150 a kg.
Or so the documentary said.
I googled the other price.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby whiteliver » May 14th, 2019, 10:33 pm

Ben_spanna wrote:
whiteliver wrote:stop the drug trade the country falls down....


Let it fall... we are so close to rock bottom it wont matter at this point.
ALL the drug trade people, businessmen, customs, coast guard, army and policemen involved need to fall... all of them should be Locked away for LIFE ...


Wishful thinking...most of the businesses u support are propped up by drugs ..either they are wholly owned by traffickers or used in some way to launder [Asian ppl coming to this country and open restaurant and can't buy a slipper back in their homeland ...just one example]. Stopping the drug trade is not good for Trinidad's economy [yeh i said it] ... lets face it if it weren't for the high murder rate no one would be concerned about the drug trade and most murders happen because of ego, gyul , ole talk, who badder dan who or some other ignorant sheit. ...Put yuh feelings aside and think about it.

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Re: Businessmen blocking million-dollar drug probes

Postby Ben_spanna » May 16th, 2019, 1:09 pm

whiteliver wrote:
Ben_spanna wrote:
whiteliver wrote:stop the drug trade the country falls down....


Let it fall... we are so close to rock bottom it wont matter at this point.
ALL the drug trade people, businessmen, customs, coast guard, army and policemen involved need to fall... all of them should be Locked away for LIFE ...


Wishful thinking...most of the businesses u support are propped up by drugs ..either they are wholly owned by traffickers or used in some way to launder [Asian ppl coming to this country and open restaurant and can't buy a slipper back in their homeland ...just one example]. Stopping the drug trade is not good for Trinidad's economy [yeh i said it] ... lets face it if it weren't for the high murder rate no one would be concerned about the drug trade and most murders happen because of ego, gyul , ole talk, who badder dan who or some other ignorant sheit. ...Put yuh feelings aside and think about it.


Trinidad drug/Firearm trade needs to fall- even if it puts us back into the stone age but brings about a more law abiding and peaceful society, it needs to happen .. we cannot continue in the current manner ..... youths not even out of secondary school killing and robbing people everywhere and they figure they all bad and untouchable because they have a firearm in their hand..... it has ot stop!

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