The action which was carried out on Saturday 15th September, 2012, was also in keeping with the court order of the presiding Magistrate, to have the illegal drugs destroyed. That order was given on 5th September this year when the court found that Vincent Clerice of Marigot, St. Lucia was guilty of the charges when his case came up for trial. He was charged with importing 134.108 kilograms of Cocaine in the Federation.
Clerice, along with fellow St. Lucian, Nixon Alexander, were charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply to another and importation of cocaine into the Federation. Alexander was freed of the charges and was deported back to his homeland, St. Lucia.
Clerice on the other hand was convicted and sentenced to two years hard labour
And was also fined EC$ 1, 000,000 (1 million) to be paid in nine months, or in default, will serve four years imprisonment with hard labour. The men were caught by law enforcement agents from St. Kitts and Nevis and counterparts from a nearby Dutch territory, while in the waters of St. Kitts. They were seen dumping the packages in the ocean. The yacht that was involved with the transhipment of the drugs was ordered to be forfeited to the Crown and be advertised in the local media for sale at a public auction.
The street value of the drugs was estimated to be over 11 million Eastern Caribbean Dollars.