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Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard Seizes 120 Kilos Of Cocaine Off Of Sint Maarten … Three Men Detained


PHILIPSBURG — The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard said it seized 120 kilos of cocaine and detained three men from a go-fast boat off the coast of Sint Maarten late on Friday night.

The Coast Guard said a small boat was traveling at a high rate of speed with no lights on towards the Dutch-French island about 11 p.m. on Friday.

The Coast Guard vessel Groningen intercepted the boat but as it did one of the three men on board jumped off the boat with no clothes on.

An inspection of the boat revealed five packages of cocaine packed in watertight plastic on board — and two nearby in the ocean.

One of the three men allegedly threw two of the packages overboard.

The man who took his clothes off claimed that he was a Venezuelan whose ship had sunk and that the two men on board the boat rescued him from drowning.

But Coast Guard officers said the man did not have the appearance of someone who had been in the water a long time swimming.

The three men were turned over the Dutch police for processing and formal arrest on drug smuggling charges.

A Coast Guard NH90 helicopter was used to secure the two packages of cocaine that were thrown into the water near the boat.

The boat the men were piloting has been confiscated by Dutch authorities.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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