Dominican Drug Lord Awaiting Trial in Guadeloupe
Curtis ‘Shakes’ Richards of Newtown was arrested under a European arrest warrant, upon arrival at the Gatwick Airport in London on Wednesday June 5th 2013, for his alleged involvement in the drug trade. He is currently remanded at a Guadeloupe prison, according to French authorities.
His arrest followed what the French authorities are calling an intense investigation into drug trafficking, between the neighboring countries.
Five Dominicans and one Guadeloupian were apprehended, after a boat traveling from Dominica was spotted on a beach in Guadeloupe dropping off its cargo on Sunday June 2nd.
46 kilograms of cocaine and 60 kilograms of cannabis as well as 92 000 Euros in cash were seized by French Police. They also had in their possession three shotguns and several rounds of ammunition.
Investigations then led to the arrest of the alleged Drug Lord.
The French Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls in welcoming the “dismantling of a network of drug traffickers” praised the quality of the investigation by the French police, which led to the confiscation of the drugs and the arrests of seven individuals.
French prosecutor Mr. Guy Etienne described Curtis ‘Shakes’ Richards, as the “Boss” of the operation who brought in drugs, mainly to the region of Abymes.
He stated that Mr. Richards and his group had been under surveillance for the past five months.
According to reports from a Guadeloupe source, Richards is also wanted for several other drug related offences, and if found guilty, he could face several years in prison.