Frenchman charged for $2.7M drug bust; may appear in court today

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Frenchman charged for $2.7M drug bust; may appear in court today
The drug was concealed in a compartment in the boat. That compartment contained 100 bags of cocaine, each wrapped in plastic. * Photo provided by police
The drug was concealed in a compartment in the boat. That compartment contained 100 bags of cocaine, each wrapped in plastic. * Photo provided by police

Police have formally charged 68-year-old French national Roger Tinaud with Tuesday’s seizure of 109.6 kilogrammes of cocaine which is said to have a street value at EC$2.7 million.

Tinaud, who was the only person on the boat, has been charged with the importation, possession and intent to supply the drugs which 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 Frenchman is scheduled to appear in court today.

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