Raids on two residences of Outar Maraj at Mc Bean Village, Couva, and Valsayn, resulted in the seizure of $24 million worth of drugs and a quantity of guns and ammunition.
Maraj, 52, appeared in the Tunapuna Second Magistrates’ Court on Monday, on two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; one count of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking; possession of four firearms and a quantity of assorted ammunition.
The seizure and subsequent arrest were the result of weeks of surveillance and collaboration among the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU), Transnational Organised Crime Unit and the Strategic Services Agency.
The accused was held when officers intercepted a red Toyota Corolla he was driving near the Valpark Shopping Plaza last Wednesday. A search of the vehicle resulted in three white crocus bags and one black garbage bag, with 56.56 kilogrammes of cocaine being found in the trunk.
A search warrant was subsequently executed at the Maruana Road, Valsayn, home of the suspect, where 17.38 kilogrammes of marijuana, along with two revolvers, two pistols and 331 rounds of assorted ammunition were found and seized.
A second search warrant was executed at Maraj’s primary residence at Mc Bean Village, Couva, however, nothing illegal was found.