Coastguard

Cocaine and firearms charges after Cayman Coast Guard intercepted vessel

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) said cocaine was discovered on a vessel on Sunday November 21.

CHIN said the discovery was made during routine joint border security operations between their air operations unit and the Cayman Islands Coast Guard.

Reports said the incident happened around 11 p.m. on Sunday when the Cayman Islands Coast Guard said they had reason to stop and search a vessel, about 31 nautical miles south of Grand Cayman .

A statement said that during the search of the vessel a number of packages believed to be cocaine were found and seized.

Reportedly, the two men on the ship, aged 31 and 30, both from Bodden Town, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in importing cocaine. The arrested men and the vessel were taken to Grand Cayman.

The report states that on Tuesday, November 23, following further investigation, the two men were jointly charged with illicit trafficking and involvement in importing cocaine in violation of the Abuse of Cocaine Act. drugs (2017 revision).

According to the report, the 31-year-old was further charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm (ammunition) contrary to the Firearms Act (2008 Revision).

CHIN said the two men appeared in High Court on Wednesday, November 24, and were taken into custody pending a further appearance.