Four Barbadian nationals are now on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in St Vincent after Coast Guard officials intercepted their vessel at Fancy Point on the north of mainland St Vincent last Friday.
The vessel, now in the custody of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard, is alleged to have been carrying 1 706 pounds (774 524 grams) of cannabis when it was intercepted.
The men, Joel Erad Payne, 50, of 2nd Avenue Bank Hall, St Michael; Shawn Boucher, 36, of Lower Estate, St George; Ryan Corbin, 35, of Cave Hill, St Michael; and Devon Hurdle, 38, of Rendezvous, Christ Church, appeared before the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown yesterday, but were not allowed to enter a plea to the charges brought against them.
They are all jointly charged with possession of 1 706 pounds of cannabis with intent to supply it to another and with intent to export 1 706 pounds of cannabis at Fancy Point.
According to reports, the vessel Rolling Deeper was intercepted in a joint operation between local Coast Guard officers and Barbados police officers.