The Star (St. Lucia) - - FRONT PAGE - By Toni Ni­cholas

By usu­ally re­li­able ac­count, in late Novem­ber 2013 sev­eral pack­ages of co­caine were dis­cov­ered on board a Toronto-bound Air Canada flight as it pre­pared for take-off from He­wanorra Air­port. At the time of the in­ci­dent the St. Lu­cia Air and Sea­ports Au­thor­ity had turned down all our in­vi­ta­tions to com­ment. When fi­nally the then cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at SLASPA ad­dressed the mat­ter it was only to say the mat­ter was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mean­while, this pa­per had been re­li­ably in­formed that at least two em­ploy­ees of CDSL, the ground han­dling com­pany at He­wanorra, had been sus­pended.

The STAR also learned sub­se­quently that air­port se­cu­rity had been beefed up, although not suf­fi­ciently it would seem. Just last month, our sources say, Mi­ami author­i­ties dis­cov­ered some eight ki­los of co­caine on a Delta flight out of He­wanorra. Eight CDSL em­ploy­ees have since been placed on sus­pen­sion.

Again this pa­per’s ef­forts at con­firm­ing the latest in­ci­dent have proved fu­tile. We were in­formed that both SLASPA’s gen­eral man­ager and its com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer were un­avail­able for com­ment.

Act­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner Er­rol Alexan­der how­ever con­firmed there have been two re­cent in­ci­dents of drugs be­ing dis­cov­ered at HIA, one of them be­ing a “con­trolled de­liv­ery”— mean­ing an in­di­vid­ual sus­pected of trans­port­ing con­tra­band had been per­mit­ted to travel to his or her des­ti­na­tion while sur­rep­ti­tiously tailed by law en­force­ment agen­cies.

He­wanorra In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Vieux Fort where re­cent drug finds are now a

source of ma­jor con­cern at the is­land’s main air­port.

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