Police on Monday confirmed that Vincent Clerice of St. Lucia was convicted for the importation of cocaine into St. Kitts & Nevis and sentenced to two years hard labour.
Clerice 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. 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.
They had their case heard on Wednesday 5th September, 2012. Police indicated that Vicent Clerice pleaded guilty for all three charges, while Nixon Alexander pleaded not guilty to all three charges which were withdrawn.
The Magistrate also ordered the vessel that was involved with the transshipment of the drugs to be forfeited to the Crown and be advertised in the local media for sale at a public auction.
It was also ordered that Nixon Alexander be deported to his country of birth at the earliest opportunity; he was therefore deported on Thursday 6th September 2012.
Further evaluation of the drug revealed that it was 134.108 kilograms at an estimated street value of EC$11, 816, 255.00
It was on Saturday 1st September, 2012, that authorities here intercepted the sailing vessel, Sinestra Prov, which was found dumping packages in the territorial waters of St. Kitts and Nevis, just off the coast of Old Road. A joint force of police, Defense Force, and officers from the Dutch Navy, apprehended the St. Lucian men while throwing the substance in the ocean.