Although local authorities are ramping up efforts to stem the flow of illegal drugs through the BVI, it seems offenders continue to elude them, using the territory as a transhipment hub for narcotics.
BVI News understands that the aircraft that was found at the Auguste George Airport on Anegada earlier this week was carrying cocaine. The aircraft landed and mysteriously caught fire shortly after.
Highly placed sources told our news centre that the remains discovered in the burnt aircraft reveal that an attempt was being made to transport cocaine from one point to another.
The plane contained several bags of cocaine as well as aircraft fuel and other materials needed for aviation.
It’s also reported that a car was found in bushes near to the airport and police suspect it may be linked to the downed aircraft.
Our news centre was unable to ascertain the amount of cocaine that was discovered but our sources say some of the drugs was partially burned. It’s also understood that the aircraft has since been removed and dumped by the authorities.
No perpetrators have been named and no further details have been released by the police.
This incident on Anegada comes a week after the UK Navy ship HMS Dauntless visited the BVI to provide assistance with countering drug trafficking in the region.
A release from the Governor’s Office said HMS Dauntless recently seized 1.2 tonnes of cocaine worth an estimated $175 million while patrolling an area in the Caribbean Sea. It is unclear whether the vessel will return to the territory to provide additional surpport.
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