• The US Coast Guard says its personnel seized approximately 600 pounds of marijuana which were contained in the packages.

US Coast Guard Denies Abusing J’can Fishermen, Says It Complied With International Law

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The United States Coast Guard is denying that it abused five Jamaican men who were detained in that country in 2017.

News emerged two weeks ago that a lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, on behalf of the men.

The suit alleged that subsequent to their detention on suspicion of drug smuggling the five Jamaicans were chained and abused by the US coast guard.

But in a statement over the weekend, the US Coast Guard denied the allegations.

The Coast Guard says it complied with both international and U.S. domestic law regarding the treatment of suspects.

According to the US Coast Guard, all suspects are cared for humanely while steps are taken to preserve their security.

The US Coast Guard says it’s not been served with the complaint which the ACLU says it has filed in court and as such cannot comment on the litigation.

According to the Coast Guard, the fact is the Jamaicans were observed throwing numerous packages of marijuana overboard a vessel.

The US Coast Guard says its personnel seized approximately 600 pounds of marijuana which were contained in the packages.

The Coast Guard says the Government of Jamaica consented to the United States prosecuting the individuals in the US.

The Coast Guard says in January 2018, each of the Jamaicans pled guilty to making a false official statement to a law enforcement officer and were sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


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