St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has obtained photos of the drugs discovered in the private part of a Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) officer on Sunday afternoon, April 12.
The drugs, suspected to be hashish – a product of marijuana – was tightly wrapped in a clear plastic bag and further concealed in foil paper.
The entire package, which reportedly weighs about 25 grams, was hidden in a sanitary pad worn by the prison officer, a mother of three from La Pointe, Mon Repos. She is expected to be charged on Monday, April 13.
Inspector Burton Deterville, head of the Drug Unit, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) said initially the officer refused to be searched or spread her legs. She instead requested to be taken to Dennery Hospital, where a doctor removed the drugs from her private parts. Deterville said a female officer accompanied the prison officer to the hospital.
Deterville said all prison officers are subjected to a routine search when they arrive at work. He said female prison officers are usually “frisked” but on this occasion the officer received a “body cavity search” based on intelligence received.
“We don’t do body cavity searches unless there is a reason to or we received intelligence,” the Drug Unit chief pointed out.
Other reliable sources have told SNO that prison officials have long suspected the prison officer of drug smuggling.
“We knew about her activities but we never caught her, until today,” the source said. “She is known to the police. Her house has been searched several times.”
It is alleged that her boyfriend is an ex convict who was arrested for firearm possession in Martinique.