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“Carefree Four” Sentenced To 5 – 8½ Years

“Carefree Four” Sentenced To 5 – 8½ Years

The voyage of the yacht “Carefree IV” which began in the Dominican Republic in 2010 ended in Supreme Court today [Mar.16] when four men were sentenced to 5 to 8.5 years in prison for attempting to smuggle more than $3 million worth of cannabis into the island. Earlier this week, four of the “Carefree Five” plead guilty to drug charges... Read more of this article

Four Plead Guilty: $3.4 Million Drug Case

Four Plead Guilty: $3.4 Million Drug Case

This morning [Mar.12] in Supreme Court, four of the “Carefree Five” plead guilty to drug charges minutes before their trial was due to start. Carlos Rogers, Shaun Johnson, Kinola Simons and Bilal Shakir all pleaded guilty to possessing or handling a controlled drug, however pleaded not guilty to conspiring to import a controlled drug. The... Read more of this article

Importing Heroin: Not Guilty Plea

Importing Heroin: Not Guilty Plea

Four men, all charged with being involved in a conspiracy to import heroin, appeared at the first arraignment session of 2012 this morning [Jan.3]. All four pleaded not guilty. The charge was that between a date unknown and 2nd June 2011, they had conspired to import a quantity of heroin. The four were: Warwick resident Lorenzo Wayne Lottimore 32; Hamilton... Read more of this article

$3.4 Million Drug Case: Five Men Plead Not Guilty

$3.4 Million Drug Case: Five Men Plead Not Guilty

Today [Aug 1] five men appeared in Supreme Court, with officials alleging the five conspired to import cannabis said to be worth $3.4 million. They all pleaded not guilty, were released on bail, and will stand early trial next year. Carlos Rogers, and Kwesi Hollis  -who had sailed from the Dominican Republic, were charged alongside three other men... Read more of this article

Alleged Drug Smugglers Appear in Court

Alleged Drug Smugglers Appear in Court

Today [Feb 22] in Magistrates Court five men appeared for mention, and are due to reappear in March, 2011. All five face drug charges, with officials alleging the five conspired to import cannabis said to be worth $3.4 million. Carlos Rogers, 41, and Kwesi Hollis, 36, who had sailed from the Dominican Republic, were charged last month alongside three... Read more of this article

Five Men Charged: $3.4 Million of Cannabis

Five Men Charged: $3.4 Million of Cannabis

Today [Jan 25] in Magistrates Court five men – including the two Carefree IV sailors – appeared on drug related charges stemming from the two marine interceptions this past Friday. All five men were charged with being in the “territorial waters of Bermuda possessing cannabis intended for supply,” with the cannabis said to be... Read more of this article

Photos: Police Respond to Arrival of Carefree IV

Photos: Police Respond to Arrival of Carefree IV

Yesterday morning [Jan 21] the long overdue 31-foot Carefree IV sailboat arrived in Bermuda after departing the Dominican Republic over seven weeks ago. Bermudians Carlos Rogers, 41, and Kwesi Hollis, 36, had been due to arrive in Bermuda before Christmas, and searches had been carried out for the missing vessel. Two Police boats were seen heading out... Read more of this article

Four Videos: Police, Drug Bust, & Carefree IV

Four Videos: Police, Drug Bust, & Carefree IV

Yesterday morning [Jan 21] began with the Bermuda Police Marine Unit stopping a boat in the North Shore area and seizing what they believe to be a significant quantity of narcotics. Police later confirmed three men were arrested in this incident. The video below shows a look at the scene at Penhurst Park in Smith’s, and Police Inspector Kuhn Evans... Read more of this article

Two ‘Missing Sailors’ Arrested On Arrival

Two ‘Missing Sailors’ Arrested On Arrival

[Updated] Bernews understands that the Carefree IV sailboat with two Bermudian sailors aboard is now entering Bermuda waters, and is/will be docking in Bermuda this morning [Jan 21]. The sailboat, with Police escort, is pictured below coming through Town Cut in St George’s a few minutes ago.Two Police boats were seen heading out from St George’s... Read more of this article

Carefree IV: Bermudian Sailors Still Overdue

Carefree IV: Bermudian Sailors Still Overdue

This morning [Jan 19] officials at the Bermuda Maritime Operations Center confirmed that the 31-foot yacht “Carefree IV” which has two Bermudians aboard has not been seen or heard from since Jan 3rd. RCC Bermuda continue to re-evaluate the situation and are staying in communication with the US Coast Guard. Bermudians Carlos Rogers, 41, and Kwesi... Read more of this article

Missing Bermudian Sailors Are “Safe and Well”!

Missing Bermudian Sailors Are “Safe and Well”!

This evening [Jan 3] officials at the Bermuda Maritime Operations Center released a statement confirming the very welcome news that the two missing Bermudians aboard the “Carefree IV” are “safe and well.” The boat is approximately 150 miles southeast of Bermuda with the two sailors aboard. A spokesperson said “At 4:26 pm... Read more of this article

Sailors Named as Carlos Rogers & Kwesi Hollis

Sailors Named as Carlos Rogers & Kwesi Hollis

Officials have named the men aboard the missing yacht as 41 year old Carlos Rogers and 36 year old Kwesi Hollis. Both men are Bermudians. The U.K. registered sailing vessel ‘Carefree IV’ was last sighted approximately 210 nautical miles South Southwest of Bermuda on the 18th December, when they alerted a passing merchant vessel to their plight for... Read more of this article

Dominicans to Search for Missing Boat

Dominicans to Search for Missing Boat

Officials have confirmed with Bernews that as of this morning [Dec 29] a vessel from the Dominican Republic Navy division will set out to search for “Carefree IV”, which has two Bermudian crew members aboard. The 31-foot yacht left the Dominican Republic on December 1 and had been due to arrive in Bermuda before Christmas. Local officials have previously... Read more of this article