There has been progress in the case of the “exceptional” seizure of 42.6 kilos of heroin aboard the Mauritian ship Sweet Love Mama, in the port of Ste-Rose on the night of Thursday to Friday November 11. Six suspects including Mauritians appeared before the public prosecutor’s office of the criminal court of Saint-Denis on Monday November 14. A 16-year-old girl, who was initially involved in this case was dismissed.
In its online edition on Monday, the newspaper linfo.re, indicates that the investigators want to know if the heroin trafficking occurred only once or is it a drug network. The investigators are aware that there is indeed a drug network since some suspects have confessed a previous convoy of heroin at the beginning of the year.
The Journal of l’île de La Réunion (JIR), for its part, reports that a second boat was also intercepted at the western port of the sister island. According to the newspaper, the yacht Ilôt Gabriel, capable of making the journey between Madagascar and Mauritius via Reunion Island, could have been used to store the drug.
Still according to the press of Reunion, the investigating judge will undoubtedly solicit the cooperation of the Mauritian and Malagasy authorities in this case. This is because the investigators want to deepen the investigation, in search of potential sponsors, and on the other hand to go back to the source of this possible trafficking of heroin.
Linfo.re indicates that the owner of the Sweet Love Mama boat was not aware of the transaction that was going to happen, just like one of its passengers. It is a middle man who initially proposed a game of fishing before asking the others to go to Sainte-Rose for personal reasons. The market value of this drug is estimated at Rs 639 million.