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Boat captain on money laundering charge

The captain of a fishing boat has been charged with money laundering after his boat was intercepted leaving the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex with large amounts of United States and Barbadian currency.

A Vincentian, who was among four other people on the boat, was also arrested and faced illegal entry charges.

Tony Barrow, 49, of Oistins, Christ Church, appeared in the District “A” Magistrates Court today on two counts of money laundering and retaining foreign currency without permission. He was granted $40,000 bail with two sureties.

Vincentian Ijahsha Stay, 22, was remanded when he appeared on charges of entering other than at a port of entry and disembarking without the consent of an immigration officer on June 5, 2013.

Police Public Relations Officer Inspector David Welch said in a statement that members of the Drug Squad, assisted by members of the Marine Unit of the Police Force, intercepted the boat with five people on board on Wednesday.

When they searched the vessel they found US $22,650 and $21,115 Barbados currency, which was confiscated.

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