GUADELOUPE: After having seized 680 kg of cocaine at the end of January, the Armed Forces in the West Indies (FAA) made a new important catch on February 11 by intercepting 430 kg of cannabis off the coast of Guadeloupe.
During an aero-sea surveillance patrol conducted by the Armed Forces in the French West Indies on the night of February 11, the surveillance frigate (FS) Germinal intervened on a suspicious fast boat with no visible markings of nationality on the high seas, southwest of Guadeloupe. The go-fast fled as the military approached, while dumping bales into the sea. The five occupants were apprehended and 11 bales were recovered and tested positive for cannabis, representing 435 kg.
On the instruction of the Public Prosecutor of Fort-de-France, the drugs, the boat and the accused were handed over to the Caribbean branch of the Anti-drug Office (OFAST).
This operation was conducted under the direction of the Prefect of Martinique, the Government’s delegate for the action of the State at sea and the Commander of the Antilles maritime zone.
This is the second seizure of the year for the Armed Forces in the West Indies, after the first one carried out by the Germinal on 29 January, during which 680 kg of cocaine were intercepted.
The February 11 seizure represents a loss of more than one million euros for merchandise that was probably destined for West Indian consumers, the military said in a statement.