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Royal Dutch Navy Intercepts Venezuelan Vessel With 895 Pounds of Cocaine

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PHILIPSBURG — The Dutch navy intercepted at least 400 kilograms of cocaine in the Caribbean.

The drugs were in packages thrown overboard by a boat sailing under the Venezuelan flag, ANP reports.

The crew of naval vessel Zr. MS. Friesland noticed that the boat’s sailing behavior was odd and decided to investigate. When the navy tried to contact the crew, the boat sailed away at high speed.

The Navy deployed a fast interceptor to give chase. They noticed the crew members of the boat throwing packages overboard. The packages were fished out of the water and proved to contain 406 kilograms of cocaine.

The drugs were handed over to the Public Prosecutor in Sint Maarten and later destroyed.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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