CaribWorldNews, WEST PALM BEACH, FL, Mon. June 1, 2009: Two Bahamas nationals have been nabbed for attempting to import 297 kilograms of cocaine into the United States.
Mark Pinder, 41, and Parson Exana, 38, have been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States. They made their initial appearances in federal court on May 27, 2009, and were detained pending a pre-trial detention hearing.
According to the charges, on May 25, 2009, U.S. ICE special agents conducted an undercover operation on the high seas, and received approximately 297 kilograms of cocaine from Pinder in a vessel-to-vessel transfer.
The cocaine was transported to Palm Beach County. On May 26, 2009, ICE special agents, with the assistance of law enforcement partners, conducted a controlled delivery of the 297 kilograms of cocaine to Pinder and Exana in Jupiter, Fla. Pinder and Exana were thereafter arrested.
If convicted, each faces a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a fine of $4 million.