Kidnappers seek $2.5m cocaine ransom for Venezuelan couple

How­ev­er, around 2.30 pm, Es­pinoza con­tact­ed the land­lord, say­ing that he was at one of the KFC out­lets in San Fer­nan­do and would meet him at King’s Wharf.

The land­lord told po­lice he wait­ed un­til 12.30 am but no one came to meet him.

He re­port­ed fur­ther that he was lat­er he got a call from an­oth­er Venezue­lan mi­grant who claimed to have re­ceived two phone calls.

One of the callers spoke in Eng­lish and the sec­ond caller spoke Span­ish.

Both callers in­di­cat­ed that the land­lord should con­tact the fam­i­lies of Es­pinoza and Gui­tte and in­form them that if they want the cou­ple to be re­leased, they should get six kilo­grammes of co­caine.

The land­lord re­port­ed the in­ci­dent to of­fi­cers at San Fer­nan­do Po­lice Sta­tion, who be­gan search­ing for the cou­ple.
Es­pinoza is five feet, six inch­es tall and was wear­ing a pair of or­ange three-quar­ter pants and a black and white T-shirt when he was last seen.

Gui­tte is five feet, five inch­es tall, medi­um built, with long hair and a light brown com­plex­ion.

She was last seen wear­ing a pair of blue jeans pants and a pair of grey sneak­ers.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the cou­ple’s where­abouts to con­tact the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

Trinidad and To­ba­go has of­fered Venezue­lan na­tion­als an amnesty al­low­ing them to live and work here for an ini­tial pe­ri­od of six months, which can be ex­tend­ed to a year, be­cause of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try’s poor eco­nom­ic and so­cial fab­ric.

How­ev­er, sev­er­al Venezue­lan na­tion­als have been the vic­tims of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.