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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

UPDATE: Cocaine recovered; 1 arrested following boat chase in WE- RVIPF

UPDATE: Cocaine recovered; 1 arrested following boat chase in WE- RVIPF

A significant amount of cocaine has reportedly been recovered by law enforcement authorities following a high-speed pursuit involving local police and Customs officers and US Coast Guard today, April 11, 2021.

This information was disclosed by the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) moments ago.

Cocaine found in waters


“Police can confirm that as a result of a joint operation involving US authorities, RVIPF and local Customs officers, a boat was pursued into the Fort Recovery area in West End, Tortola and beached.

“A search by law enforcement has uncovered a significant quantity of suspected cocaine in the nearby waters,” the RVIPF said in a brief statement to the local media.

Left: The vessel that was allegedly being pursued by law enforcement authorities today, April 11, 2021, at West End, Tortola. Right: the US Coast Guard helicopter involved in the chase.


1 arrested


It noted that one person is in custody.

“No other information is available at this time. Investigations continue.”

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Michael B. Matthews had also confirmed the incident, commenting to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) that “It’s another significant drugs seizure.”

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