The St Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard arrested three T&T nationals five miles off the coast of St Vincent on Tuesday, with more than $4 million worth of marijuana. The men ages 33, 39 and 40 are said to be from Cumana Village, Toco and Blanchisseuse. The haul was made after a blue and white pirogue was intercepted by the Coast Guard. Authorities said upon searching the vessel, they found 11 crocus bags containing a total of 472 lbs of marijuana.
They believe the suspects collected the marijuana in St Vincent and were on their way back to Trinidad.
Sources said yesterday the vessel, equipped with two 200 hp Yamaha outboard engines, was used for a fast journey between the islands for the frequent transportation of drugs, guns and ammunition. The men have been charged and T&T authorities informed of their arrest. St Vincent police are continuing investigations.