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Four Guyanese arrested in biggest cocaine haul in almost 20 years

The boat carrying the cocaine was stopped and searched by authorities February 16 during a joint patrol by the crews of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Joseph Napier and the Coast Guard of Trinidad and Tobago

(The Daily Mail).-The U.S. Coast Guard seized 4.2 tons of cocaine in the largest maritime bust of the drug in the Atlantic for nearly 20 years.

Four unnamed Guyanese were arrested aboard the fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, and taken to the United States Virgin Islands.

Authorities seized the drugs from a boat off South America’s northeastern coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday.

About 4.2 tons of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $125 million, was confiscated from a fishing boat in international waters off Suriname, said Ricardo Castrodad, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan.

It was the largest cocaine bust since 1999.  Photos provided by the coast guard and US Drug Enforcement Agency show stacks of the white substance piled up after seizure.

The 70-foot long fishing vessel was stopped and searched by authorities February 16 during a joint patrol by the crews of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Joseph Napier and the coast guard of Trinidad and Tobago, Castrodad said.

The crew of the Napier, which is based in Port Canaveral, Florida, towed the fishing vessel, the Lady Michelle, to St. Vincent and four men on board from Guyana were taken to the U.S. Virgin Islands to face criminal charges.

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

 ‘As the cocaine flow from South America continues to increase, law enforcement partners in the Eastern Caribbean Region have to increase our collaborative efforts in order to effectively respond to the threat,’ the DEA’s assistant special agent in the Caribbean, James Doby, told Agence EFE.

‘Such collaborative efforts are currently underway in the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force, where law enforcement partners are collocated every day,’ he said.

Last week, U.S. agents confiscated cocaine in during a routine operation in Caguas, Puerto Rico. which was estimated to have a street value of $14 million.

  • rudeo

    belong to ppp

    • eddie

      it will not be out of the realm of things because if you don’t think the PPP did not allow this to fester under there tenure I pity you ,,,,, it is not a coincident that the PM of T&T was invited by Mr. Trump to visit him, you will be rewarded when you cooperate to eliminate this scourge form society because of the heartache it level on families and friends and the devastation it put on society on a whole

      • Repatriator

        While I mostly agree with you I must point out to you that the US benefits financially from all illegal activity they prosecute. The benefits are financial in the form of property and cash seized from the perpetrators!

        • eddie

          my my !!!!!!!!!!!!! so I guess in your eyes all the resources that is pumped in these operation is done voluntary by the federal government and DEA agent,,, we will take there dam money and finance the operation because there is someone all ready to fill there shoes

  • Mother Sally

    FIND THE COMMON LINK TO GUYANA AS WE ALL KNOW 90% OF THE ECOPNOMY OF GUYANA HAS BEEN PROPPED UP BY THE PROCEEDS OF THE NEAFRIOUS DRUG TRADE. EVEN THE BLIND CAN BEAR WITNESS AND TESTIMONY TO THE LARGESSE OF THE DRUG FRATERNITY PRIOR TO GRANGER TAKING OFFICE.

    NOW THE SCREWS ARE BEING TIGHTENED WITHE THE ADOPTION AND ENFORCEMENT OF FATCA AND A VERY DYNAMIC US ENVOY TO GUYANA, A LARGE DEA PRESENCE AND US DRONES OVER OUR AIRSPACE.

    THE NEXT PHASE WILL BE TO CONFISCATE THE ASSETS OF THOSE THAT ARE THE DONS, THE LORDS AND BIG CHEESE. THE GOV’T OF GUYANA MUST MOVE AGGRESSIVELY WITH THEIR EXPEDITIOUS ARREST, DETENTION AND EXTRADITION TO THE US FOR THEIR IMMINENT TRIAL, SENTENCING AND INCARCERATION WITHOUT ANY MERCY OR POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE..
    SINCE THE US IS GOING TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE UPON THE FACILITIES IN GUANTANAMO – THEN THESE LOCAL HOODLUMS AND MISCREANTS WILL BE WELL HOUSED AND PROPERLY INTERROGATED BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY TO HELP THEM OPEN UP THEIR MOUTHS AND SPILL THE BEANS ABOUT WHO IN GOVERNMENT, THE MILITARY AND THE POLICE FORCE – PAST AND PRESENT THAT ARE THE BIG WHIGS IN THE LOCAL CRIMINAL FRATERNITY MANAGING THE SPRAWLING NARCO HOLDINGS ACROSS GUYANA.

    NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER – E PLURIBUS UNUM!

  • jp

    Funny people belong to pop why not PNC

  • Col123

    rudeo is having fun…That girl Kaieteur from Brampton is a gold speculator… she know nuff nuff things that Naggie and Jhaatie told her…..she is one a them AFC big shot girl..