5 Seychellois seamen linked to maritime drug trafficking detained | 31 July 2020
The Anti-Narcotics Bureau of the Seychelles police force has arrested and detained five Seychellois seamen linked to maritime drug trafficking.
These five men were arrested on Wednesday July 29, 2020 on a sailing yacht. They are a 37-year-old skipper from Anse Boileau and four crew members – a 36-year-old from Pointe Conan, two aged 51 years old of Anse à la Mouche, and a 43-year-old of Cascade. They were all arrested on a sailing yacht, at sea, within the Seychelles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) during a joint coordinated marine operation which had the involvement of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau (ANB), the National Information Sharing and Coordination Centre (NISCC) and Seychelles Coast Guard (SPDF).
During the operation, the sailing yacht was intercepted by the Coast Guard vessel along with ANB officers, resulting in the seizure (for further investigation) of a large substantial quantity of suspected drugs which was found in the possession of the five suspects. These men are suspected to have had potential contact with foreign vessels or nationals while at sea.
All the necessary Covid-19 procedures and protocols were implemented and followed in consultation with the Public Health Authority to protect the law enforcement officers and the suspects during/after the entire course of the joint operation.
The ANB will provide additional details to this case during the course of the week.
Communiqué from ANB