Cocaine bust

courtA St James man appeared in the Holetown Magistrates’ Court today on cocaine charges, after police searched his residence last Wednesday and uncovered liquid cocaine hidden in a cupboard.

Larrie Chesterfield Thompson of Risk Road, Fitts Village was remanded to jail on charges of unlawful possession, possession with intent to supply and trafficking in cocaine and is due to reappear in court on August 3.

His arrest comes on the heels of a three million pound (close to Bds$8 million) drug seizure, which occurred at the United Kingdom’s Gatwick Airport on Sunday,
July 17.

The Express daily newspaper in UK reported yesterday that Errol Watson, a 54-year-old Barbados-born UK resident, was arrested and charged in connection with the shipment, which originated in Barbados. He was held outside his home in Wanstead, East London on July 20 — the same day of Thompson’s arrest — and was subsequently charged with importation of controlled drugs.

The paper also quoted a spokesman for the National Crime Agency as saying that two men, aged 28 and 41, were also arrested in London, while police in Barbados had executed search warrants at the homes of two other men and found cocaine.

“Border Force officers recovered around 18 kilos of liquid cocaine [aboard a cargo plans] hidden inside three metal canisters described as oil filters,” the Express of the UK said.
“Border Force officers recovered around 18 kilos of liquid cocaine [aboard a cargo plans] hidden inside three metal canisters described as oil filters,” the Express of the UK said.

However, when contacted last night, this island’s Crime Chief, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Lybron Sobers, told Barbados TODAY he was not aware that any such warrants had been issued here, even though he confirmed that an investigation had been launched into the multi-million dollar cocaine bust that has been linked to Barbados.

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