Barbadian authorities are expected to charge Guyanese born Captain Winston Leslie Fitzgerald Phillips in connection with the over five pounds of cocaine that was busted on a Panamanian registered vessel that stopped in Barbados after leaving Guyana last week.
The 48-year-old Guyanese, captained the ship MV Rudisa Global, to Barbados and was in charge of its operations when the bust was made.
According to the Nation Newspaper in Barbados, “Phillips will face charges of possession of two kilos of cocaine, possession with intent to supply and trafficking and importation of cocaine. He is also facing similar charges of trafficking, importation and possession of 37 pounds of marijuana, as well as intent to supply.”
The Nation also reports that the bust was as a result of a joint operation by members of the Customs and Excise Department, Drug Squad, Police Canine Unit, Marine Unit and the Barbados Coast Guard was carried out last Friday.
Guyanese authorities were contacted and provided information to assist with the investigation. The ship which transports cement across the region and Latin America, has a crew made up of Guyanese and Surinamese nationals. It is unclear whether any of them will be charged in connection with the bust.