Looshan celeb a drug mule?
Both police commissioner Vernon Francois and his deputy Francis Henry have described Saint Lucia’s borders as “very porous.” Francois made his unsurprising declaration in October while detailing police efforts at curbing the smuggling of illegal weapons into the island; Henry, while addressing the related subject of drug interdiction.
While local cops have intercepted several attempted drug shipments this year, the amount of undetected narcotics that end up in the US, Canada and the UK remains a serious concern for officials at both shipment and receiving points.
Just last week a source informed the STAR that two packages of cocaine were found on one of the seats of an Air Canada aircraft as it prepared to leave for Toronto from Hewanorra in Vieux Fort. However SLASPA’s GM Keegan Cox denied any knowledge of the matter. We were also told by our source that two employees have been suspended pending further developments. The STAR has learned that the screening of employees at the island’s international airport is proving a nightmare.
“This is why there is all the talk about the airport being handed over to a management team or some sort of consortium,” our source told us.
Just last month British police intercepted a 23-yearold Saint Lucian who was later charged with drug smuggling. Officers had recovered around 340g of cocaine, some of which had been hidden inside her vagina. Then there were reports this week that a popular local female was last week also arrested by UK officials on the suspicion of drug trafficking.
A large voume of cocaine has been moving through
the islands ports sources say.