Did Fond St. Jac­ques Men Stum­ble on Drug Turf?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By STAR RE­PORTER

The com­mu­nity of Fond St. Jac­ques, once re­ferred to as the na­tion’s bread­bas­ket due to the avail­abil­ity of fresh pro­duce there year-round, has been thrown into grief and fear this week.

Two life­less bod­ies were dis­cov­ered be­neath the bushes and shrubs on Tues­day in Fond St Jac­ques, Soufriere leav­ing po­lice baf­fled. Re­cently there had been a spate of gan­gre­lated vi­o­lence in Soufriere and some per­sons are stat­ing that an in­crease in wars for turf in the il­licit drug trade is at the root.

Re­cently the po­lice drug unit erad­i­cated a num­ber of mar­i­juana farms in the area. Since then some in­di­vid­u­als had re­ported re­ceiv­ing threats from var­i­ous per­sons who ac­cused them of giv­ing in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice.

One of the bod­ies dis­cov­ered Tues­day was that of Vic­tor Jn Phillip, 65, a farmer from the area. He was dis­cov­ered with a sin­gle gun­shot wound to the head. That same day po­lice dis­cov­ered the body of an uniden­ti­fied male whose body bore one gun­shot wound to the ab­domen. At the time, it was be­lieved that he had been dead for more than two days.

The po­lice chief said the RSLPF has not been able to de­ter­mine whether there is any relation be­tween the two bod­ies found but hinted that there was the pos­si­bil­ity the mat­ter could have been drug re­lated.

“We are ac­tively pur­su­ing the mat­ter. We have not yet been able to iden­tify the sec­ond body. We are work­ing with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to get some iden­ti­fi­ca­tion,” Fran­cois said Thurs­day.

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