ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Three men, including two ex-police officers charged with illegal possession of cocaine, will be arraigned in court today on money laundering charges.
On Friday, November 30, 2012, Arleigh Byer of Liberta, Cosbert Sergeant of Weatherills and Jamal Kane of Cedar Valley were each slapped with nine counts of money laundering charges.
The charges followed a two-year investigation by the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP).
Details are sketchy as investigations continue and officials remain tight-lipped. However, director of the ONDCP Lt Col Edward Croft said other people are expected to provide additional assistance.
“It is expected that more persons will be charged with money laundering,” a release from the ONDCP read.
At the time of being charged, Byer and Sergeant, former members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda, were on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison for possession of cocaine found at the scene of a double murder at a home in Cedar Valley in October.
The two were then granted bail in the sum of $1.2 million with a cash component of $100,000 each. As neither man was able to come up with the sum, both were remanded to prison.
About 35 kilos of cocaine, valued at over $1.4 million, was found at the scene of the double homicide of Dermouth Alix Riviere and Alwin Robin on October 5.
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