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Over 480 kilos of cocaine seized in Antigua-Barbuda
Published on July 12, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On Wednesday, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua and Barbuda seized over 480 kilos of cocaine in a successful counter narcotics operation.

Assisting in the investigations are a 41-year-old Antiguan male and a 41-year-old Guyanese female. The estimated wholesale value of the seized narcotic is slightly under EC$17,000,000 (US$6 million). It was expected that those concerned will be charged and arraigned before the court on Friday.

On hearing the news Prime Minister Gaston Brown congratulated the agency on its recent successes and reaffirmed his government’s zero tolerance policy as it relates to issues of drug trafficking, and related crimes.

This recent success follows the seizure of approximately 2,300 pounds of cannabis that carried an estimated street value of EC$37 million and the arrest of the Jamaican crew comprising six men who are presently awaiting trial.

This seizure represents the single largest seizure of cocaine by Caribbean law enforcement agencies in recent times. In 2010, the ONDCP seized over 900 kilos of cocaine from three Columbian men and one Venezuelan. At the conclusion of the trial the captain of the vessel received 14 years imprisonment and a record fine of EC$385,675,920.18.
 
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