Police chief, Daniel Carbon, has launched an investigation into an incident at the Coast Guard Base during which a boat allegedly involved in drug trafficking was destroyed by fire.
Carbon said on Tuesday that investigations are ongoing on two fronts. According to him one is from a disciplinary perspective “to see if anyone is responsible as to the dereliction of duty.”
“And a criminal investigation is going on as well as to who the perpetrator was…,” he said.
On Friday, July 19, emergency units responded to an early morning call at the base. Upon arrival an open keel boat, named Bowdel, was found on fire which was brought under control.
Carbon said he must take action into the matter saying he has a zero tolerance policy towards unprofessional conduct in the police force. “That is what I am paid to do and the citizens of this country expect that from me,” he said.
The top cop said the police did what he described as a “brilliant piece of work” on intercepting the vessel “and the exhibit is within the compound of the Coast Guard Base and someone can go inside there and destroy the exhibit by fire ….anything could have happened in the Coast Guard Base that morning.”
Carbon pointed out that he is not going to bend his head “like an ostrich” and pretend nothing had happened since instructions were given as recently as last December to ensure the base is “under maximum security” and the men there ought to be on high alert to provide security.
“Those are the things I will just not be happy with,” he said.
The boat is the main exhibit in a court matter involving a drug bust which occurred on July 12 in the community of Stowe in the south of the island.
1,400 pounds of Marijuana and one vehicle were seized in the operation.
Three Dominicans have been charged in connection with the case and were denied bail when they appeared in court on Thursday, July 18.