Yesterday, several persons who called into a local radio show, sought answers regarding an incident involving ONDCP officers who were wearing masks and dressed in dark clothing travelling in a black pickup truck, who intercepted a black Toyota Noah Van in the vicinity of the Amaryllis Hotel on Piggott’s Main Road.
ONDCP have since confirmed that ONDCP Officers conducted a successful drug interception on the Sir George Walter Highway during which, a large quantity of cocaine was seized.
A total of 286 bricks of Cocaine with a combined weight of 336.40 kilograms or (740.8lbs) was found. The drugs carry an estimated wholesale value of Eleven Million Eight Hundred and Seven Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty Thousand ($11,807,640.00 XCD).
Residents expressed their concerns because of a series of robberies have been taking place recently involving individuals dressed in masks, camouflage or outfits with the words police marked on them. There were questions about whether law enforcement officers wearing masks when conducting operations was a new process being employed by local security forces.
The operation which was conducted yesterday is common practice in many other islands across the Caribbean in which the personnel in these operations lives must be protected by masking their identities.
One Antiguan resident has so far been arrested in connection with this operation and investigations are still ongoing.