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A recruit of the T&T Regiment died
early yesterday morning while under-
going emergency surgery at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital shortly after
he crashed into a lamp post.
According to reports, Mikre Jackson,
24, was heading south along the Lady
Young Road, around 11.30 pm on Mon-
day, when the accident happened.
According to a media release issued
by the T&T Regiment, Jackson com-
pleted his basic training in May and
was undergoing orientation training at
the Second Infantry Battalion, Heliport,
"The Commanding Officer, officers,
men and women of the Trinidad and
Tobago Regiment extend deepest con-
dolences to the family and friends of
the late recruit Mikre Jackson. May
they receive the strength from the
Almighty God and the support from
relatives and friends during their time
Funeral arrangements will be
announced when finalised.
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Investigations are underway by local law
enforcement officers into the latest discovery
of 44 litres of liquid cocaine that were con-
cealed in cartons of orange juice at the Port
of Halifax in Canada.
Norris Williams, 46, of Whitby, and 46-
year-old Lincoln Strachan, of Mississauga,
were arrested and charged with possession
for the purpose of trafficking, importing drugs
into Canada, and conspiracy.
The cocaine, which originated from T&T,
could have been converted into 24 kilogrammes
of powdered cocaine. The drugs were concealed
in 40 cartons of orange juice. The brand used
was not disclosed to the public and no figure
was estimated for the drug haul.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said
yesterday the investigation commenced on
November 16, 2015, when Canada Border Serv-
ices Agency officers at the Port of Halifax
inspected a sea container containing different
food products that originated from T&T.
In a brief telephone interview, senior police
officers said acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams was being updated on the
development of the investigation. Detectives
of the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms
Bureau (OCNFB) are leading the inquiries.
Williams is said to be discussing the inves-
tigations with OCNFB head Senior Superin-
tendent John Fredericks.
In December 20, 2013, the US Customs
Border Protection officers seized 332 kilos of
cocaine which originated from T&T at the
Norfolk Port in Virginia, United States.
Investigators said there was a difference in
the investigations since the drugs in the present
case were placed in cartons, whereas in the
earlier case they were in cans.
The countries where they were discovered
were also a factor.
Meanwhile, Nestle T&T Ltd has distanced
itself from the cocaine seizure in what appeared
to be Orchard Drink cartons.
The company said yesterday it does not
export products to Canada but only to the
Caribbean region. It maintained that its prod-
ucts were safe for consumption.
Admitting that the cartons looked like an
Orchard product, the company's corporate
communications manager Denise D'Abadie
said all their products go through quality tests
and it was difficult to insert anything into
"I would like to confirm that all of our prod-
ucts, all our Orchard range of juices and drinks,
are 100 per cent safe for consumption. All of
our raw materials and finished products under-
go rigorous quality testing during every stage
of the manufacturing process.
"We are aware of the media reports but we
have not been contacted by any of the author-
ities, whether in Canada or Trinidad to confirm.
I can confirm to you that we do not export
any of our products directly or indirectly to
Canada or any port in Canada," D'Abadie said.
Liquid cocaine reaches Canada from T&T
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