Two men appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today, charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, after being arrested in the Charlieville district on August 12.

Selwyn Matthews, 56, of Chin Chin Road, Cunupia, and Odane Anderson, of Vistabella, San Fernando, were charged by Cpl Stevenson, of the Northern Division’s Gang Investigations Unit.

The men were remanded into the custody and the matter adjourned to September 4.

Around 10:30 am on August 12, officers of the Central Intelligence Bureau, the Northern Division Gang Unit, the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), with support from officers of the Customs and Excise Department and Port Security, intercepted a container at Kolahal Road, Charlieville, Chaguanas.

The container reportedly left the Port of Port of Spain on the same day. On searching the container, officers found 958 boxes containing a compressed plant like material resembling marijuana, which weighed 947.64 kilogrammes, with a street value of $94,764,000.

Eight persons were arrested and $60,000 seized. Some of those arrested were subsequently released.