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Trinidad seeking to protect manufacturers after US$100m cocaine find

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2014 | 12:17 PM


The Trinidad and Tobago government is moving to protect the reputation of local manufacturers from unscrupulous criminal elements after United States law enforcement authorities intercepted more than US$100 million in cocaine shipped in cans of fruit juice.

Last Thursday, Federal officials announced that they had found 732 pounds of cocaine in December concealed in cans of fruit juice at the Port of Norfolk in Virginia.

Trade, Industry and Investment Minister Vasant Bharath has already met with senior executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association as well as with exporters regarding the issue.

A statement issued after the meeting noted that lengthy discussions were had on implementing measures that aimed at preventing a reoccurrence.

It said that further discussions would take place on Wednesday and that a robust plan of action will be developed to protect local manufacturers and the country’s international image.

The local beverage manufacturer, SM Jaleel & Co Ltd, has distanced itself from the multimillion drug bust in the United States.


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