ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Monday February 5, 2018 – An Antiguan pilot has been charged in connection with a recent drug bust in which almost EC$1.7 million (US$629,634) worth of cocaine was found on a private plane.
Colin Murraine, 31, appeared in court this morning on charges of possession and exportation of cocaine, and being in concern with the supply of cocaine and drug trafficking, and he was denied bail. He faces up to life in prison on the latter charge.
Murraine’s court appearance came three days after officers from Antigua and Barbuda’s Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) intercepted a private charter plane that was preparing for takeoff from the V.C Bird International Airport.
Their search uncovered 105 pounds of cocaine in several packages in two suitcases, with an estimated street value of EC$1,667,601 (US$617,635) on the aircraft.
The pilot was among four people who were arrested. The other three were subsequently released.
The aircraft remains in the custody of law enforcement authorities, pending further investigations.