Two St. Lucian men who were slapped with drug charges in connection with the seizure of Colombian cannabis known as “Creepy” at sea, are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 20, 2016 for hearing, reliable sources have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
Gabriel John aka ‘Charity’ or ‘Roy’, 36, of Marigot, and Erskin Henry aka Boko’, 38, of Anse La Raye were both charged for the possession of 20 kilograms (44 lbs) of controlled drugs and possession with intent to supply.
They appeared in the First District Court on November 16, 2015 where they were granted $5,000 cash bail, suitable surety or land document, on each charge.
John and Henry were ordered to surrender their travel documents to the First District Court, report to the Marigot and Anse La Raye Police Stations, respectively, and to remain within 12 nautical miles of the coast of Saint Lucia.
Reports are that on Friday, November 13, 2015, at about 3:25 a.m. the Police Marine Unit was conducting a routine patrol on the northwest coast of the Island when they identified a suspiciously moving fishing vessel about 10 nautical miles off the coast of Marigot and approached it.
The vessel sped towards the coast and its two occupants were observed throwing cargo. The vessel was eventually intercepted about five nautical miles off Marigot.
A large polythene bag was observed floating in the water near the vessel. Upon retrieving the polythene bag, it was found to contain 35 rectangular parcels wrapped in tape and plastic, each containing green plant material suspected to be Colombian cannabis, known on the streets as ‘Creepy’.
Recovery of the remainder of the jettisoned packages proved futile.
The two occupants, the polythene bag containing the 35 rectangular parcels and the fishing vessel Helen V with registration number J6-1229, were escorted to the Marine Base in Castries where the drugs and the occupants – John and Henry – were arrested and handed over to officers of the Drug Unit.