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The People s National Movement internal elec-
tions will be held on May 18.
Party chairman Franklin Khan made the
announcement after yesterday s general council
meeting at Balisier House, Woodbrook, adding that
this is the first internal elections to utilise the one
man, one vote system and not the original delegate
"Putting this one man, one vote election in place
will take some effort, it will take some time. It is
something new to the PNM membership, and it
calls for a lot of infrastructure to be put in place,"
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Manufacturer contacts the shipping
line, informs the company of the
Local arm delivers container.
Container is packed by manufacturer.
Broker completes a C82 form with details
of container, accompanied by invoice for the
Container is picked up by shipping
company and dropped off at port.
"At this point there
is no physical checking
of the container," says
Minister of Trade
Forms are checked on site by broker.
Process to ship a container out of T&T
National Security Minister Gary Griffith
says investigations into the multi-million
dollar drug bust in Norfolk, Virgina last
month are "proceeding at a pace."
In a telephone interview yesterday, Grif-
fith said he had informed all investigators,
both local and international, that informa-
tion and findings from the investigation
were strictly on a "need-to-know basis."
"Right now, no one in the Government,
no one in my Ministry, not even I, need to
know," he said.
He also slammed what he described as
"totally inaccurate reports" in the media
following the big cocaine bust last month.
Since reports first surfaced of the Decem-
ber 20 haul and the shipment was traced
back to Trinidad, Griffith said there have
been "lots of inaccuracies" in the local
"The investigation is proceeding at a
pace. Local intelligence is working closely
with the US officials and the DEA (Drug
Enforcement Agency)," Griffith said.
But even after saying that, Griffith said
he could not confirm that DEA agents were
in the country.
"I cannot make an official statement
about that," he said.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dook-
eran was also reported as saying that no
extradition request had been made by the
United States for anyone in connection with
the $644 million drug find.
Last month, US Customs and Border
Protection (CPB) officers seized 732 pounds
of cocaine concealed in cans bearing the
labels of Trinidad Orange and Grapefruit
Juices at the Port of Norfolk in Virginia,
United States. The cocaine had a street
value of over US$100 million and was
reported as the largest such drug find in
Port of Norfolk s history. The container,
port officials said then, was bound for New
Local manufacturer SM Jaleel, which pro-
duces the juice cans, released several state-
ments distancing the company from the
find and has since launched its own internal
Griffith was also critical of the idea that
the T&T brand was at risk. He said the
business sector often offers "excellent rec-
ommendations and constructive criticism,"
but not in this matter.
"What I have noticed, however, is that
certain others---thankfully only a handful---
who were silent for years prior to May 2010,
and there was not a sound from them when
T&T on a whole was at risk, but now they
are stating that brand T&T is at risk.
Now we are making a major breakthrough
by seizing illegal drugs and weapons in
abundance and doing a complete refur-
bishment of our national security apparatus,
whilst working hand in hand with our inter-
national foreign allies as never seen before.
But all of a sudden, certain people have
discovered their vocal cords and are
demanding results," he said.
"The criminals were getting away with
it, and this affected our reputation even
more. This (drug) seizure would indeed hit
those involved in the illegal drug trade very
hard, and the only people who should be
upset are criminals," Griffith said.
Govt, DEA working closely Trade Minister Vasant Bharath has admitted
that Customs and Excise does not have stringent
checks in place for outgoing cargo. In a telephone
interview Friday, Bharath said the checks
traditionally focused on what was coming into the
country and less on what was being shipped out.
He said the process to ship a container out of
the country was fairly simple. (See diagram
No stringent checks by Customs
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