Two held in US over Suriname shipment of cocaine-filled frozen fish from Guyana
Two Brooklyn residents have been charged after picking up a shipment of cocaine-filled frozen fish from Suriname.
Triston Daniels, 32, and Troy Gonsalves, 33, appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court over the weekend and were granted $150,000 bail each on charges connected to the smuggling of the stash worth US$600,000.
They were held last Friday in a sting operation, two days after US Customs and Border Protection officers seized the shipment at Miami International Airport.
Law enforcement authorities had put the fish back into the shipping boxes after confirming it contained cocaine, and then transported the shipment to a storage facility in Queens, which was kept under surveillance, according to New York Daily News.
Daniels and Gonsalves showed up at the warehouse on Friday in a van and picked up the boxes and drove to another storage facility in Brooklyn. They were arrested as they unloaded the vehicle.
The New York Daily News reported that court papers revealed the importer of the fish had been previously associated with a shipment of 82 kilos of cocaine from Guyana that was seized at the Miami airport in February.
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