As the search continues for Juan Ruiz Espinoza and his girlfriend Betzabet Guitte, neighbours said that a location in Laventille was given as the location to drop off of $2.4 million in cocaine.
They said that up to yesterday, they have had no word from Espinzo, 23 and Guitte, 20, who are Venezuelan migrants living in Palmyra Village, San Fernando.
According to a police report, the couple’s 40-year-old landlord last saw them around 11 am on Saturday at the home he rented to them for the last month. They told him that they were going to downtown San Fernando. Around 2.30 pm, Espinoza contacted the landlord, saying that he was at KFC in San Fernando and would meet him at King’s Wharf.
The landlord told police he waited at the Wharf until 12.30 am but no one came. He was later informed by another Venezuelan migrant who claimed to have received two phone calls, that the couple was kidnapped.
One of the callers reportedly spoke in English and the other spoke Spanish. The callers said that the landlord should contact Espinoza and Guitte’s families and tell them to organise six kilogrammes of cocaine in exchange for the couple’s release.
The incident was reported to officers of the San Fernando Police Station, who began searching for the couple.
Espinoza is five feet, six inches tall and was wearing a pair of orange three-quarter pants and a black and white T-shirt when he was last seen.
Guitte is five feet, five inches tall, medium built, with long hair and a light brown complexion. She was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans pants and a pair of grey sneakers.
Police are asking anyone with information on the couple’s whereabouts to contact the nearest police station.