Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sailboat captain Jacques John Grenier jailed 13 years for cocaine

A potential payoff of more than $500,000 motivated Canadian sailboat captain Jacques John Grenier to smuggle 250 kilograms of cocaine into Nova Scotia from a small Caribbean island. The drugs — probably purchased for about $3 million from a Mexican drug cartel — had an estimated street value of over $20 million.
Grenier, a resident of Hubbards, N.S., with no prior criminal record, was arrested Sept. 3 after officers with the Canada Border Services Agency boarded his 32-foot sailboat Quesera at a marina east of Halifax. Court heard Grenier had sailed the vessel solo from the Dutch side of Sint Maarten, an island east of the Virgin Islands. Officers found bricks of cocaine hidden beneath a sealed bed frame in the forward sleeping quarters of the Canadian-registered vessel.
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