French man charged with $2.7M drug bust appears in court

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French man charged with $2.7M drug bust appears in court
The packages containing the cocaine which was seized by a joint police unit on Tuesday in Rodney Bay. * Photo provided by Crime and Intelligence Unit.

Roger Tinaud of France, who was arrested for the possession of almost $3M worth of cocaine on a pleasure boat earlier this week, appeared before Magistrate Michelle Louis this morning.

The 68-year-old, who was arrested on November 6, 2012 at Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, was formally charged today with possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, with intent to supply; and importation of a controlled substance, cocaine.

Tinaud is set to return to court on Friday, November 16, 2012 for orientation and for a date to be set for sufficiency hearing.

He was represented by Attorney Marcus Foster.

Tinaud was the only person on the boat when the 109.6 kilogrammes of cocaine, valued at EC$2.7 million, was discovered by a joint police unit on his pleasure boat, called Tagora, at about 2:30 p.m. in Rodney Bay.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Frances Henry told reporters at a press briefing Wednesday afternoon that the boat was intercepted by an intelligence-led police team made up of “all operational units”.

Henry said the vessel, which was berthed in the general Rodney Bay area, was intercepted and boarded by the officers who carried out an “extensive and thorough” search. She said the officers “stumbled” upon a compartment in the boat believed to be a “new fabrication”.

She said 100  packages of cocaine wrapped in plastic was discovered when the compartment was opened.

The vessel has been seized by the State.

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