Nine persons, including nationals of Saint Lucia and Martinique, were held in Martinique as a result of an investigation that led the seizure of drugs and weapons, local news reports say.
The announcement of the arrests was made Tuesday night by Martinique Prefect, Franck Robine, Martinique 1 Ere said.
The successful anti-drug probe was done in cooperation with law enforcement authorities in Saint Lucia and Venezuela, it was reported.
Martinique 1 ere reported that the arrest of the nine suspects came after 10 months of investigation.
It said that a large network that engaged in trafficking drugs and arms from Venezuela was dismantled by the Caribbean branch of the Central Office for the Suppression of Illegal Traffic in Narcotics (OCRTIS), in cooperation with Saint Lucia and Venezuela, after a final operation last week in St. Joseph.
The publication quoted OCRTIS Head, Jean Damien Moustier, as saying that the operation resulted in an ‘exceptional’ seizure in the history of Martinique.
In addition to the 11,000 euros in cash, 130 kilos of cocaine and seized vehicles, the investigators have confiscated an ‘impressive’ amount of firearms, according to reports.
The weapons included military-style assault rifles, more than 17 automatic pistols, revolvers and 35 kilos of ammunition.
Investigators believe that the weapons were intended for resale.