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Guyanese Nationals on Cargo Ship Charged for Drugs and Dangerous Weapons

Thursday 5th October, 2011. 

 

Six Guyanese nationals, who were arrested by St.Lucia police after they were found with illegal items on board a Cargo ship, have been charged for various offences ranging from possession of drugs to dangerous weapons.

 The Cargo ship named: “Vicky-B”, was intercepted by a combined unit of police officers, six (6) nautical miles off Soufriere, about 10:30pm, on Saturday the 24th of September, 2011.  A thorough search of the ship revealed, thirty (30) kilos of cocaine, forty-six (46) kilos of cannabis, one 12-gauge shotgun, fifteen (15) rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, thirty-five (35) rounds of 9mm ammunition and five (5) military explosive grenades which were all concealed in a compartment at the extreme front of the ship which is currently in the custody of the police.

The occupants of the ship were arrested and taken into police custody, they are: 58-year-old, Noel Persaud, 29-year-old, Carlton Rushel Sam, 44-year-old, Hardatt Sookram, 46-year-old, Selwyn St.Claire France, 18-year-old, Tandu Satesh and 28-year-old, Narine Cheecharran

They were each charged for possession of controlled drugs, namely: Cocaine, possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply cannabis, importation of cocaine, importation of cannabis, possession of one 12-gauge shotgun, possession of fifteen (15) rounds of 12-gauge ammunition, possession of thirty-five (35) rounds of 9mm ammunition and five (5) military explosive grenades.

The men appeared in court at Vieux-Fort on Tuesday the 4th of October, 2011 but the case was adjourned to the 11th of November, 2011 for sufficiency hearing.

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