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Major drug trafficking syndicate disrupted in Antigua-Barbuda
Published on June 25, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On Sunday, officers of the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) conducted a counter narcotics operation in Antigua and Barbuda where they seized over six kilos of cocaine concealed in several suitcases.

Assisting in the investigations are a 38-year-old Montserratian male and a 27-year-old Antiguan male. Both men are expected to be charged with offences ranging from simple possession to drug trafficking and will stand trial in the high court. The estimated wholesale value of the seized product is EC$210,600.

More arrests are expected at the conclusion of the investigations.

The successful operation follows a recent seizure by the ONDCP at the airport, where a German passenger en route to the United Kingdom and a local taxi driver were jointly charged with a number of drug related offences.

The prime minister and minister responsible for the ONDCP, Gaston Browne, expressed his satisfaction with the agency’s responsiveness towards disrupting transnational organized crime groups who engage in the smuggling of narcotics and reaffirmed his zero tolerance policy on persons and/or groups attempting to use the country as a transit point for drug trafficking.
 
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