Germaine Lamothe, 46, of Portsmouth, Dominica and Zuff Joel William, 27, of Bathroad, Portsmouth Dominica, were remanded at Bordelais Correctional Facility following their appearance in the First District Court in Castries to answer to the charges of possession of a controlled drug, possession with the intent to supply a controlled drug and importation of a controlled drug.
Their matter was traversed to July 4, 2013 for case management, according to a Police Press Office release.
The men were charged with the seizure of 411 pounds (186.43kilos) of marijuana discovered in 14 polythene bags on a pirogue (small boat) at about 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, about two miles west of the Castries Harbor within the territorial waters of Saint Lucia.
Police said the men were on board a vessel with the markings “Provider” and bore the registration number J7-065-STE.
This is the second time in two months that Dominicans have been nabbed for drug trafficking in St. Lucia.
On March 15, 2013, two fishermen from Roseau, Dominica — Alex James, 39, and Rawlins Rolle, 33 — were arrested and charged in connection with a large drug seizure in the south of the island.
According the St. Lucia police, officers attached to the Marine Unit of the southern division intercepted a blue, orange and black boat named “Von Von,” 8.2 nautical miles south of Gros Piton, Soufriere in the island’s territorial waters.
The boat was searched and 1,487.2 pounds of cannabis were found.
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