Trinidad and Tobago: A man of Trinidad and Tobago nationality, identified as – Codel Douglas, has been remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison in Grenada after pleading guilty to two charges. He has been counted for Drug Trafficking and the other for entering the State without the permission of an Immigration Officer.
Douglas, along with Grenadian fishermen Lindon Francis, Rahim Francis and Rondel Rogers, were arrested and charged on August 6, 2021, after nine kilograms of cocaine was discovered from them at Marquis, St. Andrew.
All of them have been declared guilty to their charges of Trafficking in a Controlled Drug. They were all remanded to – Her Majesty’s Prisons until October 22, following which they are scheduled to return to court for sentencing.
Apart from this, no additional information has been provided by the Police authorities yet.
Recently, two supermarket owners were also arrested in Trinidad and Tobago for their engagement in illicit trade.
Drug Trafficking in the region –
The cases of drug trafficking are becoming more common in the Caribbean region now. The Caribbean region is a primary transit area for illicit drugs and primarily cocaine.
International drug trafficking has contributed to drug abuse, increasing crime and violence at the local level. Drug-related corruption and money laundering continue to be one of serious issues in many countries around the globe.
The three main “dangerous drugs” in the Caribbean region are cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. However, only marijuana is produced in region. Cultivation also modifies from place to place. Belize and Jamaica once owned the highest levels of production and export of marijuana.
Violent crime and drug-related Trafficking pose serious threats to the rule of law and development in Central America and also in the Caribbean region.
While during the time of 1980s, the Caribbean sea was the preferred route for traffickers of Latin America, giving rise to approximately 80% of all the cocaine bound for the United States transiting through the region.