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U.S. Embassy Assists TTPS and TOCU in Major Drug Bust

May 23, 2023

U.S. Embassy personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) assisted the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Special Investigations Unit (TTPS/SIU) and the Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) in an investigation which culminated in a May 18 arrest of three Trinbagonian nationals, and seizure of one Glock pistol and approximately 168 kilograms of cocaine, with a value of over TT$234 million.  By volume of the narcotics, this was the largest seizure of drugs during an on-land operation in Trinbagonian history.

The U.S. Embassy’s DEA Office personnel and TOCU have been working side by side for almost 20 years.

Special Investigations Unit Senior Superintendent Christopher Paponette said, “TOCU and SIU have been working with the U.S. Embassy for many years.  We are committed to fighting transnational criminal organizations, and this successful operation shows the strength of what we can achieve when we collaborate with our great partners at the U.S. Embassy.”

U.S. Ambassador Candace Bond said, “The United States is Trinidad and Tobago’s best and most reliable partner in the world, and this seizure and solid arrest are tangible evidence that the U.S. Embassy is delivering for the people of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as for the people of the United States.  I am proud of the six law enforcement agencies resident at the U.S. Embassy, and the great work they perform at great risk to support Trinbagonian criminal investigations.  We are partners in helping make Trinidad and Tobago safer for all of us who live here.”