No Arrests in Multi-Million Dollar Drug Bust

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Friday 29th March, 2019-No arrests have been made in the multi-million dollar drug bust in Urlings on Thursday.

The Office of National Drug & Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) says investigations are continuing.

Crocus bags containing 123 brick like packages of the controlled substance cocaine, weighing approximately 142 Kgs (313 pounds), were discovered in the vicinity of Urlings Wharf.

Personnel from the ONDCP, together with officers from the Customs and Excise Enforcement Department and the K9 Unit of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda were on a joint patrol on the southern side of the Island. While in the vicinity of Urlings Wharf, officers observed an individual acting suspiciously. As they approached him, he ran and disappeared into the mangrove. While in pursuit, officers discovered several crocus bags scattered around the swampy area on the eastern side of the wharf.  They were found to have contained cocaine.

The cocaine carries an estimated wholesale value of Four Million, Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars (EC $4,980,000) or One Million Eight Hundred Forty-six Thousand Dollars ($1,846,000 USD).

Thursday’s bust is believed to be the largest haul for the ONDCP since the start of 2019.