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Haiti police: 8 foreigners jailed on drug charges

September 13, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A spokesman for Haiti’s national police department says that eight foreigners have been arrested on drug trafficking charges.

National Police Spokesman Gary Desrosiers said Friday that the police force’s anti-drug unit jailed two Colombians, two Cubans, three Jamaicans and a Venezuelan woman last week on the southwestern island of Ile-a-Vache. They are suspected of trafficking marijuana.

Local station Radio Kiskeya is reporting that a Haitian hotel owner named Evinx Daniel was arrested in a separate case on drug trafficking charges, also in the south. Desrosiers says he has no information about that case.

Because of its location and its largely unpatrolled coastline, Haiti has long been a transit point for cocaine from South America and marijuana from Jamaica for transshipment to North America, Europe and elsewhere in the Caribbean.

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