Looshan celeb a drug mule?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Toni Ni­cholasj

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.

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