St Vincent: Coast Guard holds T&T nationals with cocaine and ammo

October 19, 2022 in Regional

The Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) continues to crack down on illicit activities throughout the country. It has resulted in the arrest of four T&T nationals.

The latest police operation led to the seizure of 330 grammes of cocaine and 69 rounds of prohibited ammunition within the territorial waters of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Reports indicate that on October 14 at about 4:30 pm, the SVG Coast Guard Service (SVGCGS) intercepted a pirogue west of Canouan with four nationals of Trinidad and Tobago onboard.

The T&T nationals are: Kerry Keller, a 26-year-old Labourer; Joel Medina, a 31-year-old Fisherman; Dion Harry, a 22-year-old Fisherman; and Andre Lee, a 45-year-old Fisherman.

The men were arrested on suspicion and taken to the Coast Guard Base in Calliaqua along with the vessel where a comprehensive search was conducted on the vessel by Coast Guard and Narcotics Officers.

The search led to the discovery of 330g of cocaine, 49 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, and 20 rounds of 5.56 ammunition.

As a consequence, the men were jointly charged with the following offences:

Possession of a Controlled Drug with intent to supply it to another;

Possession of a Controlled Drug for the purpose of Drug Trafficking;

Attempting to Import a Controlled Drug within the territorial waters of St Vincent and the Grenadines;

Possession of 69 rounds of prohibited ammunition without the authorisation of the minister;

Possession of ammunition without a license issued under the Firearms Act.

The defendants appeared at the Serious Offences Court on October 17 to answer the charges.

Dion Harry pleaded guilty to all charges while the remainder pleaded not guilty.

They were all remanded into custody at His Majesty’s Prison pending a review.