Address by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

St Vincent boat held with cocaine

St Vincent boat held with cocaine
03 Mar

In St Vincent and the Grenadines, an investigation has been launched by the Financial Intelligence Unit after a Vincentian-owned and registered fishing boat was nabbed with 4.2 tonnes of cocaine off South America.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that the drug has a wholesale value of $125 million US.

During a February 16th operation, the US coastguard boarded the vessel north of Suriname's capital, in international waters.

A crew member initially lied that they had been searching for a missing vessel.

However, authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines gave permission for US law enforcement agents to board the vessel, in keeping with a bilateral agreement in the fight against drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, four Guyanese, who were caught aboard the fishing vessel have been held in connection with the drugs.