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Four Caribbean Men Picked Up By Dutch Coast Guard With 992 Pounds of Cocaine

PHILIPSBURG — Four men have been arrested in Sint Maarten by the Netherlands Coastguard in a drug bust netting 992 pounds of cocaine, authorities said.

The men from the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago are now in Dutch official custody for allegedly smuggling 450 kilos of cocaine into the region, according to SMN News.

The unidentified alleged Sint Maarten drug smugglers. Photo by Bibi Shaw.

Re­ports as of late Sunday said the Netherlands Coastguard was not divulging relevant information on the case yet.

It was not clear from regional media reports if the men were arrested at sea or on land.

The only information released to the media said that Dutch law enforcement officials are busy working on the case right now.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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