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Pilot Jailed Following Million Dollar Drug Bust In Antigua

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda, March 23, 2020 (CMC) – A High Court judge, today, sentenced a former senior pilot with Caribbean Helicopters, Colin Murraine, to a lengthy jail term, after he was found guilty of drug trafficking offences.

Justice, Stanley John, however, ruled that the sentences would run concurrently, and also fined the 32-year-old pilot EC$300,000, which if not paid, would result in a further year in prison.

Murraine was among four people, detained by the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), on February 2, 2018, on a private aircraft that was preparing to take off from the V. C. Bird International Airport.

A police statement then, noted that the other persons, including two foreign pilots, were released and that the private aircraft, on which an estimated 105 pounds of cocaine had been seized, remained in custody, as part of the ongoing investigations.

In the statement, the ONDCP said that the estimated wholesale street value for the 47.51 kilograms, or approximately 105 pounds, of cocaine is EC$1.7 million.

Murraine, who was found guilty by a jury, last month, was sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession of a controlled drug, nine years for possession with intent to supply, and two years for attempted exportation of a controlled drug.

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