The court case involving three Canadians arrested in New Caledonia after 200 kilograms of cocaine was found on their sailboat will be taking place in France.
New Caledonian Attorney General Clair Lanet told the Review on June 15 that the case was “out of her hands” as the three Canadians are in the process of being transferred to France, where they will be tried in supreme court.
Lanet said that the action took place because organized crime is suspected to be linked to the smuggling operation.
On March 31, an unregistered sailboat was seized off the New Caledonian coast and three crew arrested after cocaine with a street value of between 70 and 200 million dollars was detected through a joint effort involving the U.S. DEA. the Australian Federal Police, and the New Caledonian military.
The three Canadians – widely believed to be Bob and Cindy Stanley and Gary Yuzik, all of whom formerly had ties to Keremeos in the recent past – have not been officially identified by French police, ten weeks after their arrest.