Over 400 kg of cocaine seized off Dominica

Two suspected drug traffickers, identified as Dominican nationals, have been taken into custody in Martinique, after the seizure of 416 kg of cocaine was seized off the coast of Dominica, according to French media reports.

Online publication Martinique 1ere, reported that the drug bust was the result of a counter-narcotics operation which occurred between Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May 2019, , 

The Martinique 1ere article said the frigate Ventose, supported by a helicopter, intercepted a go fast boat in which the cocaine was found.

It said two men in the boat refused to respond to calls by the Frencjh authorities to stop and proceeded to dump bales into the sea.

It was only after law enforcement authorities fired warning shots that the vessel stopped, it was reported.

The two, aged 31 and 38, were arrested and charged with multiple offences including illegal drug trafficking. If convicted, they could be sentenced to 30 years in jail.

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  1. July 2, 2019

    All need my die
    All who talking Jah coming to bunr the wicked harted too

  2. Lord help us
    July 1, 2019

    We need to do like the Philippines and start to execute all them drug lords on the island, you will see how fast them blocks stop being blocks.

  3. Anonymous
    June 30, 2019

    Am against any illigal action, be it drugs, gun n’ ammo, human trafficking but the country doh have money. Government control all the money and state resources. Who have a little job good for them those who don’t cwappo smoke their pipe. Those that already have still getting more while the masses hungry. Skerrit really out to turn Dominica into Haiti.

  4. Castle
    June 28, 2019

    Bla bla bla run allu mouth until it hits home. Hope allu will say melt the ket or give more jail or good job french etc etc. allu to hypocrite. Some of allu doing more wickedness than those fellas that doing anything to feed their family.

  5. ki sah?
    June 28, 2019

    I wonder where dem man was going with all that coke. Over 400kg plus what they dumped in the sea. 8-O Coke people taking in DA so?

  6. Toto
    June 28, 2019

    Vermin they are, no apologies fr that.

  7. Marie
    June 28, 2019

    I don’t agree with handing a 30 year sentence on a drug trafficker most times they are only the middle man some low in totem pole captain from a local village in this country. Why give these men more jail time then all of your child molesting men that wreak havoc on the helpless or the men that abuse their wives. Do I want drugs in this country absolutely not but I don’t think a man deserves almost life in prison for this type of crime where is all the outrage when there is a crime against women and children?

    • Nil
      July 1, 2019

      The captain was the owner of the boat. Let him rot in his cell.

  8. Just saying.
    June 28, 2019

    Seized by French authorities in Dominica waters. Who was illegal where?

  9. Bob Marley and the wailers
    June 27, 2019

    I find the French authorities, whether in Guada or Martinique, not giving Dominica a chance nou these days. Last week it was our new public works aka Garddakan and now is two wailers? I wonder if the Haitians have any role to play in that new French approach. I can’t tell but no doubt there seems to be a climate change between us and the French

    • Enough is enough
      June 28, 2019

      Give us a chance for what Bro?? Smuggle drugs? Are you serious?

  10. RastarMarn
    June 27, 2019

    Kudos to the French Dudes!!!
    Keep up the good work and keep stopping that poison from reaching our Blessed Nature Island!!!

  11. Kalinago Justice
    June 27, 2019

    They deserve such sentence and even more! Drug dealers are criminals!

    • Castle
      June 28, 2019

      Until your daughter bring home one with money for you. You wont be saying that. Hypocrite. D way dat country set up , some of allu know darn well is d drugs money that have allu surviving well. So shut up.

  12. aceejay
    June 27, 2019

    A DLP big-wig from Possie is one of them nuh?

  13. Flat Tire
    June 27, 2019

    It seem that the criminal enterprise will do very little about drugs and Haitian smuggling but the French seem serious about it. If only we could get people of higher moral than gee Joseph, mello mills , joseph john and facially challenged capitolin to against corruption then we would have been at a better place

    • RandyX
      June 29, 2019

      Somebody has to do it in the absence of Skerrit being unwilling to do it or incapable of doing it. I wonder why!

  14. %
    June 27, 2019

    30 years!!!! Hope they get the maximum!! These countries are serious countries.. Dominica remains the laughingstock of all Caribbean countries ..
    Way Papa!!!!!

  15. Pipo
    June 27, 2019

    This tells me there is a well organised network active inside Dominica and in my opinion it is centred on Portsmouth with people that enjoy protection from high up otherwise this could not happen. The police and top figures in government must know who they are but afraid to touch them. Is not us, the ordinary Dominican the P.M. is scared of but those untouchables.

    June 27, 2019

    Two that won’t see Dominica shores again.

  17. Sylvester Cadette
    June 27, 2019

    PERFECT!! I am one who subscribe to VERY VERY VERY HEFTY FINES AND MAXIMUM SENTENCES for anyone trafficking very large quantities of drugs. Since you are bent on destroying the Youth, the next generation of citizens then you are at war against a viable state. I pray Maximum with no parole for traffickers.

    We should revise our laws such that:

    1) Petty drug users and small Foot soldiers should be given sentences with a chance for rehabilitation.

    2) Traffickers in excess of 20 Kg but less than 50 Kg, a maximum fine and a substantial incarceration of not less than 5 years

    3) Traffickers in excess of 50 Kg but less than 100 Kg, a maximum permissible fine and a maximum permissible incarceration

    4) Any proven Drug Lord or kingpin trafficking intermediary caught should be given life imprisonment with ABSOLUTELY no chance of parole.

    My belief is that every single Drug Lord is already a murderous creature that has ABSOLUTELY no place in society.


  18. Gouvelma
    June 27, 2019

    30 years alone???? Then while in jail tbey are gonna get time off forgone behavior. I hope a year in jail means a year and not nine months like in the OECS countries. That 30 years in the OECS would be 20 years and by the time you shave off all the little bits and pieces those monsters serve no time at all.

  19. Bwa-Banday
    June 27, 2019

    Great job Martinique! Now lock them up and melt the keys.

    I am hoping they are the very ones from up north with legs in South City who seemed INVINCIBLE to our coast guard and law enforcers over the years due to so called “political connections”. Sadly, lives are going to get lost over this BIG BUST.

  20. Truth Be Told
    June 27, 2019

    It’s about time! The Government of Dominica has not shown any interest in putting our drug lords away, so maybe foreign agents and countries will do it for us! Thank you Martinique. Too many of my fellow Dominican young men lives being destroyed by that cocaine! The PM who run tings in Dominica does not seem interested in running out or imprisoning the big drugman dem and people smugglers from Dominica! I wonder why he not interested! Seriously, have anyone ever heard the Government of Dominica talk about the damage that cocaine dealing and people smuggling is having on Dominica, and doing something to solve that problem. All I know is that a certain Labour party Minister once told us it comes with development! Which development? Maybe the free boats and gas development from we know where!

  21. jamie
    June 27, 2019

    great job,keep the drugs out,let the bastards rot in jail.

  22. AA
    June 27, 2019

    Off the cast of Dominica by French authorities…. Someone is out of boundries

    • RandyX
      June 29, 2019

      The one that’s out of boundaries is you! Your comment shows that you have a serious screw loose.

    • J
      June 29, 2019

      Not necessarily. It depends on what Dominica claims as territorial seas n off the coast is just a statement. Off the coast can mean 15 miles n not 3 miles like you seem to be thinking

    • longspoon
      July 1, 2019

      i thought i was the only one seeing something wrong with french authorities making arrests in Dominican waters….but then again the article didnt specify distance and we will never know the exact location. i dont care if it was 10000kg of cocaine, intercept in your waters thank you very much….my 2 cents.

  23. Shaka zulu
    June 27, 2019

    30 without eligibility for parole. Menace to society. Also make sure you guys get who they working for. Waterboard them for info if you have to. I work hard to make an honest living

  24. Joseph John
    June 27, 2019

    DNO there is nothing illegal or immoral about mentioning the names of people who are arrested. ARRESTED does not mean accusation or implying guilt or innocence. It is just giving all the facts.
    If any of my relatives are arrested I would certainly like a heads up.

    • Flat Tire
      June 28, 2019

      I bet is two labourites

  25. Zandoli
    June 27, 2019

    I hope they are convicted and sentenced to the maximum allowed under French law.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      June 27, 2019

      Whereas I do not condone the transporting, and trafficking of illicit drugs, cocaine, Marijuana, or any other; I hold Roosevelt Skerrit accountable for such evils.
      “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”

      The problem is people no matter who we are needs a source of income (money) to survive; our mere existence depends on money!

      If we live in a country, there should be employment; there should be industries, and places of employment where the youths of the country could be employed.

      The two arrested are in their thirties; maybe if there were job opportunities in Dominica they might be satisfied to work rather than risking their life peddling drugs.
      Desperation, and want makes people do dirty things, in Dominica we have an economy based on the sale of diplomatic passports, and passports in general, employing Roosevelt clones, the own multimillion dollar houses, and cars, everybody want the same things.Hence they turn to crime, resulting in this.

      Roosevelt is the…

    • Boi1da
      June 27, 2019

      Hold your mod…. small mind.it could be you brother or father.stop wishing bad on ppl. #jahIsWatching

    • Jaco
      June 27, 2019

      U making sense ? If it was one of your family member you wouldn’t have speak like this!!

    • Son of Sam
      June 27, 2019

      We can wish all kind of bad for them when it’s not our family of friends…
      Jah guide

      • Shaka zulu
        June 28, 2019

        Let me tell you something if was my brother i would shoot him myself. I love my brother but our parents taught us to work hard and he have no reason to be on sea trafficking drugs. He is putting entire family at risk. Some of you lime to condone crap. I aint care who it is.

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