Nicholas Moore, 34, was charged yesterday for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. He is expected to appear virtually today at the Siparia Magistrates’ Court. According to police reports, officers observed a man while they were on mobile patrol along Kroomen Branch Road, Kroomen Settlement, South Oropouche.

The man began to run after seeing the marked police vehicle. The officers pursued the suspect and he was held a short distance away. A transparent plastic vial with a yellow cap containing 16.5 grammes of a cream-coloured, rock-like solid, resembling cocaine was allegedly found in the pocket of the man’s pants. The vial was seized and the man was arrested. Charges were subsequently laid by PC Gopaul. The exercise was conducted by officers of the South Western Division Task Force (SWDTF).