BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Three of the men held in the smuggling operation at Palmetto Bay was remanded to Her Majesty’s Prison on August 25.
Captain of the boat, Norton Hanley of Boyd’s Village, was charged for the offences of Smuggling, Illegal Entry and Entering the Federation without Written Permission. The passengers, Juan Jose Cuesta, a national of The Dominican Republic and Enrique Torres Rojas, a national of Venezuela, were each charged for the offences of Illegal Entry and Entering the Federation without Written Permission. They were charged on August 20. The fourth individual who was taken into custody was released without charge.
Acting quickly on information received from a concerned citizen on August 14, The St. Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard and The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police were able to thwart the smuggling operation. The vessel, which is called ‘Black Kings’ is registered in St. Kitts and Nevis. It was seized by the Coast Guard.
Another individual is still at large. Anyone who has any information regarding this incident or the suspect, are asked to contact the Old Road Police Station at 465-6250 or their nearest Police Station.