BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbadian fugitive Hainsley Browne, accused of defrauding elderly victims in Barbados of approximately USD$130,000, has been arrested in South Carolina, U.S.

His arrest last weekend follows a two-year joint investigation between the Diplomatic Security Service’s Regional Security Office at the United States Embassy and the Royal Barbados Police Force.

Law enforcement authorities  discovered that Browne had assumed the identity of Ronald Browne, and was residing in South Carolina.

On Friday August 5, Operation Intercept Violent Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals-led fugitive task force in South Carolina, asked Crime Stoppers to send Browne’s photo and description to the media.

NASSAU, Bahamas – Bahamas police say they have seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested three persons during a drug bust in Andros, the largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands on Monday.

The police said that they had gone to an area in Fresh Creek, where they discovered a “go-fast boat, which appeared to have run aground.

“The officers conducted a search of the nearby bushes, where they uncovered 78 large packages containing nearly three thousand pounds of marijuana and arrested three adult males. The estimated street value for the drugs is just under, three million US dollars,” according to the police statement.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Two Canadian sisters were held at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Saturday, August 5 and slapped with several drug-related charges. They are 31-year-old Caleece Whitney Schrouder and 38-year-old Kiyha Calissa Schrouder.

Caleece Schrouder was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis, importation of cannabis, unlawful possession of methamphetamine and importation of methamphetamine. She was held with 8.7 kg of cannabis with a street value of $69,600. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine was $420.

Kiyha Schrouder had 18 kilogrammes of cannabis with an estimated street value of $144,000.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Police are searching for two gunmen who shot and killed a 20-year-old youth and injured several others on Monday night that marred the ending of the annual Crop Over Festival here.

Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, said that the police investigations to date have revealed that Taried Junior Rock, was chased by the two gunmen during the Grand Kadooment climax on the Spring Garden Highway, on the outskirts of the capital on Monday night. At least 20 other people were injured.

“My information is that these two young men spotted this chap . . . opened fire on him with two firearms. He, in an attempt to evade them, ran onto Spring Garden and they continued shooting at him even though he was surrounded by lots of innocent people,” Brathwaite told the state-owned CBC radio.

ROSEAU, Dominica – The Dominica government says it is seeking funding from the World Bank and other international lending agencies as the island moves to further develop its geothermal sector.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the government has established the Dominica Geothermal Development Company (DGDC) to move ahead with the construction of the plant, a project which is expected to reduce Dominica’s dependence on crude oil.

“In June of this year, the government of New Zealand recruited a project manager who is now engaged with DGDC,” Skerrit told legislators recently, adding “funding for the project will come from various sources”.

Skerrit, who is also Finance Minister, said the government will contribute EC$40.5 million.

“In addition to government’s contribution we have secured all the funds required to construct the plant from our development partners,” he said, noting that the funding will include EC$30 million from the Britain, EC$5.4 million from New Zealand and also EC$5.4 million from SIDS DOCK.

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