Dominica police confirm one dead following suspected drug deal

police_line_400ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday March 16, 2015, CMC – Police say one person was killed after the occupants of an ‘open keel boat’ sought to evade capture during a suspected drug transaction at sea on Saturday night.

Police public relations officer, ASP Claude Weekes, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio Monday, said that the incident occurred one mile of the coast of the rural village of Bioche, west of here.

He said the Coast Guard had spotted the unidentified boat and during the chase, the boat ran aground. He said that one of the three occupants jumped into the sea, but the two others “crashed on the rocks…one man was very seriously injured and the other succumbed”.

He said the names of those involved including the dead person would not be disclosed pending notification of their families.

“A substantial amount of drugs was found on the boat and that’s cocaine and marijuana,” he added.

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