Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 15, 2015 (RSCNPF): A routine patrol and the vigilance of officers of the Special Services Unit (SSU) and the Anti- Narcotic Unit in the Basseterre area on Saturday (November 14) has resulted in the seizure of one kilo of Cocaine and significant quantity Marijuana.
At approximately 3.00 p. m on Saturday, members of the SSU and Anti-Narcotic Unit were on a routine patrol along the Bay Road in Irishtown in the vicinity of the Garden Housing Project. While in the area, the officers observed and monitored some suspicious activities.
A blue and white motor vessel bearing the name “Pearla Negra” was observed very close to the shoreline. As the officers monitored, a person exited a car that was parked in the area, and an orange and white bucket was thrown to him by one of the two occupants on the boat.
The person upon receiving the bucket, ran towards the Garden’s playing field area and was pursued by the officers and caught. A search of the bucket was carried out and one kilo of cocaine with street value of ECC $89,100.00 was found in the bucket.
The boat headed for sea and was intercepted and detained by the St. Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard.
The occupants of the boat, both nationals of the Dominican Republic who indicated they are living in Nevis were taken into custody and are assisting with investigations.
Subsequently, a search warrant was also executed on the residence of the individual who received the bucket, at Salt Pond Alley, Irishtown and a large quantity of Marijuana totaling 50.7 lbs with a street value ECC $380,250 was found. The individual and another resident of the premises who was present during the execution of the warrant were taken into custody.
All four (4) persons are in police custody and are expected to be charged in connection with the incident. A release with the details of the persons will be issued at that time.
“The continued efforts by the officers of the Anti-Drug Unit is yielding results, this proactive and vigilant approach is working. Being out and about, puts us in a position to react quickly. We are committed to this effort” said a member of the team.
ACP Queeley echoed that, “this is encouraging, we have had some success in our Anti-Drug efforts in recent weeks. We had a significant seizure in Nevis on Friday, yesterday (November 13) and now today in St. Kitts. The teams are committed, they are embracing and utilizing the training they have received, this is a good indication, we are on the right track.” He added, “this is a real life example of what we intended when the ‘Six Point Plan’ was designed. The strategy of collaboration with other agencies was clearly at work today. We called on the Coast Guard to intercept a small craft, and they were on the ball. Supporting each other leads to success.”
The ACP responsible for Crime also added, “we urge anyone with information that can assist the police in our fight against crime, to call any Police Station in the Federation or Crime Stoppers, our confidential hotline at 1-800-8477 to share information,” the information is critical to keeping St. Kitts and Nevis safe, he stressed.