Address by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

Cocaine bust

Cocaine bust
28 Feb
2017

US authorities have made the largest maritime seizure of cocaine in the Atlantic region since 1999.

About 4.2 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of 125 million dollars was confiscated from a fishing boat in international waters off Suriname.

The vessel was stopped and searched by authorities on February 16th during a joint patrol by the crews of the US. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier and the Coast Guard of Trinidad and Tobago.

The crew of the Napier, which is based in Florida, towed the 70-foot fishing vessel, the Lady Michelle, to St. Vincent and four men on board - all Guyanese nationals were taken to the US. Virgin Islands to face possible criminal charges.

The coast guard took the cocaine to Puerto Rico and turned it over to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.