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Cops to quiz woman in $.6m cocaine bust
Investigations are continuing into an incident on Wednesday after customs officers at the TTPost office in Piarco discovered 1.52 kilos of cocaine in four picture frames being exported to Nigeria. Senior customs officials confirmed the drug, valued at $661,000, was hidden in the back of the picture frames which were being posted to Nigeria by a 26-year-old woman of Chickland, Freeport. The discovery was made just before midday after officers, acting on information, intercepted the package after it was weighed and tagged.
Although the woman posting the package has not been arrested, police officials said they were following certain leads and would be questioning the woman. Meanwhile, customs officers will begin the phased move to their new location at the Government Campus, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain, from today.
Senior officials confirmed the exercise would begin with boxes of documents being taken from Customs House on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, to be loaded into a container at the new site, where they will be fumigated over the weekend, before being removed and logged at the new office on Monday. Officials said the new building was already equipped with furniture.
Among the departments that would begin moving in the first phase are the registry which comprises administrative and support staff, the human resource department and other selected officials. Originally scheduled to relocate by the end of January, officials said it had been delayed as a result of minor works which were yet to be completed. Last month, officials said they would begin the move after Carnival.
It is expected that approximately 200 people will be relocated in the first phase. During a tour of the new building last December, Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal commended the contractor, Exeqtech, for its efforts to complete renovation and refurbishment works within seven months at a cost of $77 million.
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