Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday seized TT$5 million dollars (approx. US$833,000) worth of cocaine aboard a ship bound for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then Europe.
Media reports out of Trinidad say the drug was found in 13 boxes of cornflakes on board the vessel The Elitta.
Reports say that sometime before 1 p.m., Customs officials in Trinidad responded to a tip-off that several boxes, wrapped in a black plastic bag, had been delivered to a vessel docked along Queen’s Wharf, Port-of-Spain.
The captain and crew are said to have told the officers that the cargo was recently delivered to the ship and allowed the lawmen to search them.
During the search, 13 packages of cocaine, each weighing one kilogramme, were found.
The country’s Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau was contacted and the captain and crew of the vessel were questioned and the drugs seized.
According to Newsday, a newspaper in Trinidad, the vessel had come from South America and its final destination was Europe.