The Police Service says another dent has been made in the illegal drug trade, with the arrest of a 52-year-old Couva man, whose vehicle was intercepted along Morequito Road, Valsayn, in close proximity to Valpark Shopping Plaza, last Wednesday. Officers are said to have seized $22.6 million worth of cocaine and $1.5million worth of marijuana during that bust.
Outhar Maraj, of Mc Bean Village, Couva, appeared in the Tunapuna 2nd Magistrates’ Court on Monday, on two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; one count of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking; possession of four firearms and a quantity of assorted ammunition.
The matter has been adjourned to today and transferred to the Tunapuna 1st Magistrates’ Court.
The seizure and subsequent arrest were the result of weeks of surveillance and collaboration among the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit, Transnational Organized Crime Unit and the Strategic Services Agency.
The suspect was held when officers based on information, intercepted a red Toyota Corolla he was driving.
A search of the vehicle resulted in three white crocus bags and one black garbage bag, with 56.56 kilogrammes of cocaine being found in the trunk.
A search warrant was subsequently executed at the Maruana Road, Valsayn, home of the suspect, where 17.38 kilogrammes of marijuana, along with two revolvers, two pistols and 331 rounds of assorted ammunition were found and seized.
A second search warrant was executed at Maraj’s primary residence at Mc Bean Village, Couva, however, nothing illegal was found.