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CARIBBEAN: 71 million dollars worth of drugs found on Vincentian fishing boat

By Caribbean360

cocaineCARIBBEAN 360 – Authorities are trying to get to the bottom of how a Vincentian-owned and registered fishing boat was held in what has been described as the largest maritime seizure in 18 years.

In an operation on February 16, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) successfully stopped a transshipment of 185 bales of cocaine, weighing 4.2 tonnes, on board the Lady Michelle about 70 nautical miles off Paramaribo, Suriname in international waters.

The cocaine had a street value of over US$71.75 million.

According to Demerara Waves, DEA Special Agent Jeremy Latchman said the crew, which included four Guyanese, had initially claimed they had been searching for a missing vessel and that the Lady Michelle was registered in Guyana.

However, a check by the US law enforcers revealed that the boat was registered in St Vincent. They subsequently secured permission from Vincentian authorities to board the vessel in keeping with a bilateral agreement in the fight against drug trafficking.

“The vessel that was later identified as the Lady Michelle appeared to be dead in the water and was also in water too deep to conduct normal fishing operations. The vessel was also located in a known drug trafficking route,” the DEA agent related.

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7 comments

  1. Lady Michelle appears to be a common yacht name: http://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/the-superyacht-directory/lady-michelle--43177?from_search[entity_type]=yacht&from_search[index]=0&from_search[page]=1&from_search[search_term]=Lady+Michelle&from_search[sort_direction]=desc&from_search[sort_field]=_score&from_search[unit-distance]=metres&from_search[unit-volume]=litres

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  2. Great job USA

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  3. Dead man walking....hmmmm, that's what you call great job.....Well done USA. Keep up the good work.i am working to hard to make an honest dollar and these guys have it going easy for them with drugs and easy money. You hate the U.S. Well I love them.

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  4. Somebody is going to pay in Vincy for dat

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  5. And then we wonder why the crime rate in the Caribbean is so high???

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  6. Bodoos! Somebody owes the big man lots of money. Dead man walking.

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