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Drama on high seas: duo allegedly threw $2.85M worth of cocaine overboard

- "Rabbit" offered $250,000 bail
November 3rd, 2011 | Tags: boat Cocaine Customs Department
Lester "Rabbit" DeCastro (right) and Isaac Caena entering the Magistrate's Court today Thursday November 3, 2011. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
MV Defender was officially commissioned on October 4, 2011. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
MV Defender was officially commissioned on October 4, 2011. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Lester DeCastro, self employed mechanic and Isaac Caena, who are facing cocaine related charges, allegedly threw packages of cocaine in the sea near Brewers Bay when they spotted law enforcement officers on November 1, 2011, Crown Counsel Valston Graham disclosed.

The accused appeared in the Magistrate’s Court this afternoon, Thursday November 3, 2011 and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine, importation of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply. They were arrested following a high sea chase and the discovery of 28.57 kilogrammes of cocaine, worth some $2.85M.

However, DeCastro aka Rabbit, who is represented by Duane Baptiste, was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 of which $50,000 has to be paid in cash. He has to surrender his two passports and report to the Road Town Police Station every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

His alleged accomplice Caena, a Dominican Republic national, who needed an interpreter at the hearing, informed Senior Magistrate Valerie Stephens that he is awaiting help from his brothers to determine his legal representation and was put on remand.

Against this backdrop, a reporting date – November 9 – has been carded to ascertain if Caena will get a lawyer and for a report on the drug analysis.

Drama on high seas

According to Crown Counsel Graham, the Virgin Islands (VI) law enforcement officers received a tip around 1:30 p.m. November 1 from their St. Maarten counterparts of a vessel heading here with suspected illegal substance on-board.

Customs “Midnight Express” and the police “MV Defender” were mobilized at possible interception points, Graham told the court.

At around 3:45p.m., a 30-foot powerboat fitting the description of the vessel was spotted at Anderson Point, Brewers Bay. When officers tried to intercept it, the Crown Counsel said, it swerved into Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke.

“Officers lost sight of the vessel briefly, but gave pursuit as the vessel sped off in a westernly direction…it stopped at the West End point of Jost Van Dyke,” Graham stated.

Law enforcement officers observed that the vessel was captained by DeCastro and saw another individual with him, alleged to be Caena. The court heard that DeCastro was seen talking on a mobile phone, which he reportedly threw overboard.

The vessel and the two men were searched but nothing illegal was found. However, the hatchet was opened.

Hence, officers went back to the initial area where the vessel was spotted and found 14 brick-like packages suspected to be cocaine, as well as, three black plastic bags containing pellets.

Crown Counsel Graham further stated that the vessel the men were in was the only one in the vicinity where the illegal substance was found.

The following day, November 2, 2011, Police canine 'Krogen' sniffed the vessel and allegedly found two positive locations for cocaine residue – one in the area of the hatchet and the other at the center of the console.

Furthermore, three blocks of suspected cocaine were found in the Brewers Bay area in a blue plastic bag.

As for the ownership of the vessel, Crown Counsel Graham told the court that the registration number has been erased.

36 Responses to “Drama on high seas: duo allegedly threw $2.85M worth of cocaine overboard”

  • hey zues (01/11/2011, 20:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    was funny watching the police and customs taking the boat apart and taking lots of pics while the 2 boys just sat in cuffs chilling out.
  • Tola for Life (01/11/2011, 21:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What wa so funny about that?
    • hey zues (02/11/2011, 00:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The police were fussing the boys knew they were caught so just sat there all relaxed. Thats whats funny. You didn't see it unfold I did.
  • rabbit (01/11/2011, 22:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dont tell me its that big teeth boy again?
  • apple pie (01/11/2011, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dam vino you are always first and i see Merrick start to thief your stories that wicked bouy
  • love child (02/11/2011, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well saw vino why you holding out on we...give us the names we know you have them!
  • Ann (02/11/2011, 01:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    time so hard and every body brokes so leave dem people dem alone dem tyin to mek a living
    • Sun (02/11/2011, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What the heck kind of comment is this? I suppose you promote the distribution and sale of this product throughout the BVI too? Some people's comments make your head spin!
    • Well Sah (02/11/2011, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wonder what you would say if it is your children they selling the drugs to! How can you say something so disgustingly ignorant!
  • Confucius (02/11/2011, 04:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Excellent! Kudos to the US Coast Guard, BVI Customs and our RVIP! Keep the heat on these bast@%&$. One by one we will put them all in cages where they belong. We are taking back our streets and NOBODY who thinks they can get away with this crap is safe. YOUR time is coming!
  • lb (02/11/2011, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep off my boy R mehson. Tis a recession, people gotta make money
  • Monica (02/11/2011, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lamo at these comments. just lmao.
  • FYI (02/11/2011, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    People did you all look at the picture properly, that was the police operation, how can the Commissioner of Customs confirm, they were called in to assist cause their boat was on the water! why did he not confirm the number of his staff that are into illegal activities, and some of them he want to promote them, Its a shame on you Mr. smith. do work and get your praises your self! the police was acting upon intelligence, custom was clue less! but he confirming
    • hey zues (02/11/2011, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      FYI: that picture has nothing whatsoever to do with the drugs bust mentioned above. I sat there watching the drugs being pulled out the Customs boat as the police searched the drugs boat for more drugs, taking pictures. The picture above if you care or can read says"In early October, 2011, the Police Marine Base was the recipient of two new vessels, Swift Justice (left) and the Defender which are expected to improve the Police's ability on the waters. Photo: Aneka Edwards/VINO" So instead of rabbiting on give us all a break from your intention.
      • Nonsense (03/11/2011, 11:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You so intelligent yet so dumb. That picture was the very day of the operation. I can even identify the officers in the picture on the day.
        • hey zues (03/11/2011, 15:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          your an idiot too did you read the quote at the bottom of the picture, I even quoted it in my reply. You can lead a horse to water but obviously not all idiots can read before they reply! Let me make it clear for you I watched the whole thing unfold and the boats in the picture were there but also the police launch, the customs defender, and the criminals boat. Now get a life
  • Brad Boynes (02/11/2011, 10:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job fellas
    • long road (02/11/2011, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      but they still aint get the other big fish wid dey other
  • basement (03/11/2011, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh lord Rabbit dem final got you!
    • each one (03/11/2011, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      finally they had him on their radar for yeas especially after he left his friend in St. Martin....the long arm of the law
      • been too long (03/11/2011, 14:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        He was part of Millers gang - should have been in jail years ago.
        • K (03/11/2011, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Shut the hell up
        • @been too long (03/11/2011, 15:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          It's one thing to talk things - but when you talk what you dont know it's called STUPIDITY- IDIOT!
          • been too long (04/11/2011, 01:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            I repeat what i said, he was a part of Millers gang and should have been locked up years ago. Its not just now he started, its not the first time he has been caught, its not unliike the authorities didnt know about his activities. He should have been locked up years ago, not just for drug running but also for just being a menace.
        • K (04/11/2011, 08:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Take care them find you with your tongue cut out. All you talk to much.
  • BAD BOY (03/11/2011, 13:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Cuffs ? (03/11/2011, 18:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can someone please explain why the Captain of the vessel is not handcuffed while the crewmember is ?
    • Paper Boy (04/11/2011, 06:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      because JAM BAN said "we do not want to kill the rabbit"
    • goon (04/11/2011, 13:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      its who know other de bouy is from DA, who know other one large......i was wondering de same thing....
  • p_star (03/11/2011, 20:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Does 'rabbit' know spanish???? lol jus askin
  • >> (04/11/2011, 12:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bugs yuh safe

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