(CMR) Three Honduran nationals are in custody in the Cayman Islands after they were caught with cocaine in a commercial fishing vessel in Cayman waters.
Police reports are that on Friday, 11 November, just after midnight, the Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) and the RCIPS Air Operations Unit were on patrol when they came upon a commercial fishing vessel in Cayman Islands territorial waters near George Town. The Coast Guard team had reason to stop and search the vessel, and five kilos suspected of being cocaine were discovered during the search.
The vessel was occupied by three Honduran males, ages 59, 42, and 39. All three men were subsequently arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the importation of cocaine.
Following a joint CICG and RCIPS investigation, all three men have now been formally charged for this offense of being concerned with the importation of cocaine. They appeared before the court on Wednesday, 15 November, where they were remanded in custody, to return on 22 November 2022.
Commander Robert Scotland, head of the CICG, stated, “This interception is only one example of the CICG and RCIPS' dedication to keeping illegal drugs from reaching our streets. It makes me extremely proud to see our officers' level of commitment and professionalism during these types of incidents. The results that are being produced can reassure the public that the investment of providing the requisite training, and the proper equipment, create positive returns for the Cayman Islands.”