Published July 30, 2006

$16-million in cocaine seized on fishing boat

FORT PIERCE - Two men were being held without bond Saturday after powdered cocaine authorities estimated was worth more than $16.4-million was seized from their fishing boat on its way to Florida from the Bahamas.

The Coast Guard boarded the vessel driven by Tristan Michael Seymour, 22, of Freeport, Bahamas, and Quincy Nathaniel Garvey, 41, for a routine inspection Friday afternoon about 25 miles off the coast of Fort Pierce, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

The vessel was towed to a Fort Pierce ship yard, where a dog with the sheriff's office canine unit alerted officers to the presence of drugs in five suitcases on board. The suitcases contained 361.5 pounds of cocaine, authorities said.

Seymour and Garvey reportedly told investigators they were paid to bring the cocaine to Florida from Grand Bahama Island. They were charged with trafficking in cocaine over 400 grams, and authorities said additional federal charges were expected.

Convicted of killing model, man gets life sentence

BRADENTON - A man convicted of slaying former model and actress Barbara Jean Laney was sentenced Saturday to life in prison.

Gary Michael Cloud, 49, was convicted in June of strangling, stabbing and beating Laney, 67, at her Bradenton condo in August 2002. The two were family friends, according to relatives.

Prosecutors said Cloud robbed Laney, who acted in the 1950s TV western series Sky King, because he wanted drug money.

Cloud appeared before Chief Circuit Court Judge Robert Bennett via a video link. Cloud's attorney has filed an appeal.