$13 Million-Cocaine Bust Leads to Arrest of Five

The Barbados Nation reported that a sting operation conducted by the Drug Squad at a residence at Sunset Crest in St James last Thursday discovered the drugs concealed in a number of wooden pellets. The cocaine, in powder form, was estimated to weigh 94 pounds (42.8 kilos).

Those charged were Barbadians Michael Forde, 30, unemployed, and Ryan Noel, 38, a security supervisor, along with Guyanese Andrew McHennon, 30, Surain Persad, 44, and Davanand Outar.

The five are expected to appear in Court on Monday, 4th April, 2011, to answer charges of cocaine possession, trafficking and trafficking with intent to supply. Forde, however, is also being charged with keeping premises for the purpose of trafficking drugs. He was reportedly held at Grantley Adams International Airport on Friday morning as he attempted to leave the island.

The drugs, disguised in the wooden pallets, are believed to have entered the island by boat from Guyana.

The seizure is recorded as the second biggest ever, following the conviction and sentencing of six Guyanese, including two women, for trafficking over $30 million worth cocaine and marijuana into Barbados on June 4, 2009.

(This article was written with content incorporated from a Caribbeannewsnow release)

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