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Both the captain and a crew member of a yacht caught with bales of cocaine have been fomally arrested and charged.
On Saturday, September 1, 2012 at around 12 pm, the Drug Unit of The Royal St Christopher and Nevis Police Force, Dutch Coast Guard vessel HNLMS Tromp, St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force Coast Guard, and HM Customs Department conducted a joint operation within the territorial waters of the Federation.
The operation lead to the interception of sea vessel “SINESTRA PROVE”, a 15.36 meter yacht which is registered in the UK.
The “SINESTRA PROVE” was captained by 56-year-old Vincent Clerice of Marigot, St. Lucia, and he had one crew member, 42-year-old Nixon Alexander of Marigot, St Lucia.
Police said 120 kilograms of cocaine were confiscated.
The two men along with the illicit drugs and yacht were taken into police custody.
Both were formally charged for possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply to another and importation of cocaine into the Federation.