UPDATE: French man detained in 2.7M drug bust

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UPDATE: French man detained in 2.7M drug bust
The packages containing the cocaine which was seized by a joint police unit yesterday in Rodney Bay. * Photo provided by Crime and Intelligence Unit.
The packages containing the cocaine which was seized by a joint police unit yesterday in Rodney Bay. * Photo provided by Crime and Intelligence Unit.

UPDATED 4:42 p.m.: Police have detained a 68-year-old French national who was yesterday on board a pleasure boat containing 109.6 kilogrammes of cocaine valued at EC$2.7 million.

Police said Roger Tinaud was the lone occupant aboard the vessel, named Tagora, when it was intercepted yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m. in Rodney Bay by an intelligence-led police team made up of “all operational units” , Assistant Commissioner of Police Frances Henry told reporters at a press briefing this afternoon.

Henry said the operation was targeting the northern area of the island.

The senior police 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 vessel has been seized. Tinaud will remain in custody until further investigations.

Despite the recognition that St. Lucia has “very porous borders”, Henry said yesterday’s drug bust, regarded as one of the largest ever in the country, is an indication that the Royal St. Lucia Police Force will “pursue every avenue of the criminal underworld” – a pursuit which is not restricted to land-based operations.

Henry said the police force is committed to keeping St. Lucia safe.

 

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  1. wow it is nice to know that at least some of us so the other side in all these big burst cause most if not all of these drugs make it back on to our streets it would be nice if the police would keep it off our street because from all indications it was not intended to stay or stop here

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  2. Hummm...i guess the owner or owners r very upset right now lol...lol and Denzel stop being an @$$. Smfh

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  3. its amazing reading how some of you retards think....its always something negative.

    cocaine is the cause of these vagrants on the streets..that's the effects...so quite accusing the police and be glad that the drugs are off the street.

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  4. IF THE DRUGS WERE COMING OVER, HOW DID THE POLICE KNOW ABOUT IT? IT SEEMS THIS DRUGS WERE WELL SECURED. MUST BE AN INSIDE JOB.

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  5. i ask my self y the police are so busy after a small guy trying to put 3 sheets of plywood on his moms house or putup a shack with 1or 2p of weed and let does guys getaway with all does kgs of cocaine.oh an i think i kn y, every ting u want u can get it for a cut

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  6. i like dat ,from is cocaine jailhouse rock .but dats strange y wud a frenchman have cocaine in st lucia?oh!! i get it dat had to be a pickup who kns must b from does guys with stores in town

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  7. I always wonder does the Police Station has a Confiscation Room? Because some how the evidence always disappear before the trial. I hope they do not extradite the French man back to his country like you all crazy justice system extradite the young man back to Martinique to face a crazy trial and harsh sentence over there, keep his arse right here he needs to serve his harsh sentence right in St.Lucia.Let there be no bail, if they had catch a Lucian with so much drug anywhere in the world his arse would be done so please make an example of this idiot.I'm watching you all very closely.

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