Two Grenadian nationals are among a group of men netted during two major drug operations at sea over the weekend, by regional security officers from different countries.
According to information reaching the Grenada Informer, over twenty-two million Eastern Caribbean Dollars’ worth of drugs was seized during separate operations over the weekend.
In the first operation, our sources said a Grenadian national was seized with 36 kg of cocaine aboard a vessel named “Scotty Sky”, which he allegedly captained at the time. Informer learned that the banned drugs were discovered hidden among some banana leaves on board the vessel.
Informer also learned that with the exception of the captain, all crewmembers picked up during that raid were released; the captain we were told, was slapped with a number of drug-related charges.
In the second operation, five crew members, among them one resident from the sister isles of Carriacou, were allegedly arrested in the waters of the French-speaking island of Martinique aboard a vessel going by the name, Galaxy 1 allegedly owned by one Desmond Roberts of Carriacou.
Sources told this newspaper that the officers who acted on special intelligence followed the operation from its inception in Carriacou until intercepting the vessel close to the island of Martinique.
Information revealed that some 233 kilos of cocaine were confiscated from a sealed compartment of the vessel. The drug is believed to carry an estimated street value of 22 million Eastern Caribbean dollars.
Sources told this newspaper that this weekend’s raids are part of a regional approach, to fighting what seems to be an escalating drug trade between the islands.