A Guyanese national and several others were arrested and are assisting with investigations following the discovery of a quantity of cocaine and marijuana on board a fishing vessel on Wednesday morning.It was reported that the discovery was made at the Carlisle Bay (Browne’s Beach), St Michael by the Drug Squad.
According to reports, a total of 122.9 kilograms of cocaine worth BBD$6 million and cannabis weighing 94 kilograms were found in the hold of the boat. The boat, as well as the illegal drugs was confiscated and the men arrested. Barbados drug enforcement officers are continuing investigations.
Over the years, Guyanese have been implicated in several cocaine busts in the Caribbean including Barbados. In September last, two Guyanese were slapped with eight drug charges after being caught with drugs aboard their fishing vessel.
Coco Prophett, 29, and Paul Fraser, 42, have been charged with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis, importation of cannabis, possession of cocaine, possession with intent to supply cocaine, trafficking cocaine and importation of cocaine.
Prophett, the cook on the vessel Lady Sandra and Fraser, a sailor, were arrested after Drug Squad personnel assisted by members of the Coast Guard and Customs Enforcement conducted a search aboard the vessel docked at the Bridgetown Port.
The search discovered 14.5 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of cannabis.