Elderly Vincentian arrested in cocaine and cannabis bust in Antigua

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Part of the stash of cocaine and cannabis seized by law enforcement officials in the drug bust.


ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday April 13, 2016 – Two Vincentians, including a 70-year-old man, have been arrested after being found with more than EC$1.2 million worth of cannabis and cocaine in Antigua.

Marcus Richards, a 70-year-old Vincentian national residing in Antigua and 37-year-old Erskine Todd, also of St Vincent, were arrested during a sting operation executed by the twin-island nation’s Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP).

Officials from the law enforcement agency seized 533 pounds of compressed cannabis, which had an estimated wholesale value of EC$1,066,000 (US$394,814) and 5.6 kilos of cocaine, which was valued at EC$197,288 (US$73,069).

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Cocaine was among the drugs seized.


Richards and Todd were both charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and drug trafficking, as well as possession of cocaine, and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and drug trafficking.

They could face up to 10 years in prison or be slapped with more than EC$500,000 (US$185,185) fines if convicted of the charges.

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