A Guyanese woman has been held in Antigua in connection with a staggering cocaine bust on the island and is scheduled to appear in court today.
On Wednesday, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua conducted another successful counter narcotics operation and seized over 480 kilos of cocaine.
A statement from the ONDCP today said that assisting in the probe are a 41 year old Antiguan male and a 41 year old Guyanese female both residing in Old Runway.
“The estimated wholesale value of the seized narcotic is slightly under EC $ 17,000,000.00. It is expected that relevant persons will soon be charged and will be arraigned before the Court” today. The value of these same drugs in the UK would be approximately £ 24 million pounds, the release said.
It added that on hearing the news, recently elected Prime Minister, Gaston Browne congratulated the Agency on its recent successes and reaffirmed his Government’s Zero Tolerance policy as it relates to issues of drug trafficking, and related crimes.
The ONDCP said that this recent success follows the seizure of approximately 2300 pounds of Cannabis that carried an estimated street value of EC $37 million and the arrest of the Jamaican crew comprising of six men who are presently awaiting trial in the High Court.
The ONDCP said that this seizure represents the single largest seizure of cocaine by any Caribbean Law Enforcement agency in recent times.