Law enforcement in the neighbouring US Virgin Islands have arrested a crew member of a local ferry company who allegedly had 5.18 kilos of cocaine aboard the vessel.
Charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute is Shane Clarence Freeman, the Virgin Islands Daily News reports.
It is alleged that USVI law enforcement discovered the drugs aboard the Native Son, which offers ferry services between Tortola, BVI and St Thomas, USVI.
The drugs were allegedly found last week in a shopping bag hidden behind an air conditioning unit aboard the vessel.
It is reported that the bag contained bricks of a substance that allegedly field-tested positive for the cocaine.
USVI media reported that other crew members allegedly claimed to have seen the accused man bring the bag in question aboard the vessel.
It is further reported that a narcotics dog was alerted to the presence of the drug on Freeman’s person.
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