Jamaica finds cocaine on ship that sailed from Guyana

Police in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday busted a ship that arrived in that country from Guyana with over sixty million Jamaican dollars in cocaine.

Reports out of that country stated that the vessel, MV Rothen arrived at the Kingston Wharf on Tuesday from Guyana.

Stabroek News confirmed that the ship docked at the John Fernandes Wharf on January 23 and sailed out the following day.

According to The Gleaner newspaper some 81.5 pounds of cocaine worth J$62 million was found on the boat which was scheduled to leave for Panama after picking up cargo.

The newspaper sad that the ship’s five-member crew, a German captain and four Filipinos, were arrested but not charged and was later returned to the ship, which is being held by that country’s customs department, where they continue to be detained.

Sources say it was more than likely that the cocaine was loaded onto the Rothen from a boat which pulled up alongside it while it was moored at Port Georgetown. The source said this is something that occurs and necessitates the presence of the coast guard in the port area. The sources say the cocaine was found in bags in the hull of the vessel.

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