Charges dropped against passengers on Haitian drug boat
The prosecution on Friday withdrew charges against five passengers on a wooden sloop that contained 40 pounds of cocaine.
Police arrested Monique Tilme, 48; Ronel Guillaume, 39; Georges Decimus, 50; Solange Pierre, 50; and a 17-year-old girl, all of Haiti, on June 23 after police found the drugs concealed in a hidden compartment on the wooden sloop captained by Clodius Michel, 30, that was moored at the public dock in Matthew Town, Inagua.
Michel pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession with intent to supply, importation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply and conspiracy to import drugs at his arraignment
before Assistant Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain on Wednesday and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Michel told investigators that he had left Haiti on June 22 and was supposed to deliver his illicit cargo to an unidentified person, the prosecutor, ASP Clifford Daxon said.
Daxon, withdrew the charges against the passengers following consultation with investigators from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU).
They were turned over to immigration officials for processing.