(WINN) – The five crew members of the MV Elizabeth C who were taken into police custody as a result of the recent major drug bust have been charged by both the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and the St. Kitts and Nevis Customs and Excise Department.
In a press statement Wednesday, Police revealed that charges have been laid against Desue Mc Farlang and Ronald Olliviere of Grenada, along with Peter Scotland, Saleem Ali, and Micheal Jack of Trinidad and Tobago for the offences of Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Supply, Importation of Cannabis, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Supply, Possession of Cocaine, and Importation of Cocaine.
Customs officials have charged the men with the offences of fraudulent evasion of cannabis, fraudulent evasion of cocaine, concealment of cannabis, concealment of cocaine, and false declaration of documents. McFarlang was charged with an additional offense of altering the vessel for the purpose of concealment.
They were charged on October 07, 2022, and have been remanded at His Majesty’s Prison.
On October 4, reports of a drug seizure at the Deep Water Port in St. Kitts began to circulate on social media. Subsequently, it was regionally reported that the vessel carrying the narcotics came from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and was en route to the British Virgin Islands.
The suspected cocaine carries an estimated street value of approximately $26,400,000 United States dollars (USD) or $71,280,000 Eastern Caribbean dollars (ECD). The estimated street value for the cannabis is approximately USD$57,777 or ECD$156,000.