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Two St. Lucian men face 10 years in French prison after they were caught with four bales of cocaine at sea earlier this week, according to Martinique 1ère.
Public Prosecutor in Martinique Renaud Gaudeul said the St. Lucians, ages 36 and 51, were arrested on Monday, November 20 after they were caught in international waters between St. Lucia and Martinique during an operation by the Navy’s surveillance frigate, “Le Ventose”.
The two men were aboard a go fast speedboat.
“The boat, equipped with an outboard motor, was still on its way at the sight of the Navy helicopter. The two occupants got rid of the bales [of drugs] overboard to be recovered [later]… The boat was stopped at 2:37 a.m. as a result of warning shots to the front of the go fast,” the prosecutor said.
The four recovered bales contained a total of 72 kilograms of cocaine, the prosecutor said.
The St. Lucians were referred to the prosecutor of the Specialized Interregional Jurisdiction of Fort-de-France on Thursday, November 23.
After their indictment, the men were remanded in custody.