Suspected drug smugglers in French Polynesia stay in custody

7:41 pm on 8 February 2018

Three men detained in French Polynesia in October with a large quantity of cocaine will be held in prison for another four months.

Generic cocaine, drugs

Photo: AFP

Investigative authorities had decided to keep holding the two men from the Netherlands and one from Poland as their probe continued, La Depeche de Tahiti reported.

Their yacht was caught in the Marquesas Islands with almost 500 kilogrammes of cocaine but the trio insisted it was unaware of the drugs being onboard.

They claimed to have been paid a wage to sail the boat from South America across the Pacific, presumably to Australia.

One of the suspects told investigators that their final destination was Singapore, the report said.

One of the Dutch men claimed he was threatened by the Pole and wanted to be transferred and tried in France.

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