The captain of a speed boat, who had St. Lucian marine police chasing him last week while the other occupants of the vessel were observed dumping cargo overboard, has been convicted of failing to stop when ordered to do so.
A Castries magistrate fined 31-year-old Ezikiel Robin, $1,600 to be paid forthwith.
Robin’s countrymen who were also on the boat – 24-year-old Keith James, 25-year-old Kemicche Theobald and 37-year-old Rudolfo Alexander – were released from police custody without charge.
The speedboat was seized by the State.
Police said on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Marine Unit officers observed a “suspicious vessel commonly referred to as a Go Fast” while on patrol within the territorial waters of St. Lucia.
Police said a chase ensued after the lawmen ordered the captain of the boat stop.
The occupants of the vessel were observed throwing cargo overboard, police said.
The vessel was intercepted and boarded about 13 nautical miles southeast of St. Lucia.
Police said a search was conducted on the boat as well as on its occupants.