Two suspected drug traffickers are behind bars in Martinique, after the seizure of 416 kg of cocaine in 15 bales off the coast of Dominica, French news reports say.
As reported by Martinique 1ere, a counter-narcotics operation concluded on the night of Sunday 26 to Monday 27 May 2019, resulting in the drug bust.
The on line publication said the frigate Ventose, supported by a helicopter, intercepted a go fast boat in which the cocaine was found.
Martinique 1ere said two men in the go fast boat refused to stop despite being urged to do so and proceeded to dump bales into the sea.
It was only after law enforcement authorities fired warning shots that the vessel stopped, it was reported.
The duo, identified as Dominican nationals aged 31 and 38, were arrested and charged with multiple offences including illegal drug trafficking and face up to 30 years in jail.