Cocaine in breadfruits: Ministry supports full investigation

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Cocaine in breadfruits: Ministry supports full investigation

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The discovery of six kilogrammes of cocaine hidden in food produce shipped to Britain has put Saint Lucia in the spotlight and the government has now come forward stating its full support for the drug investigation.

Minister of Agriculture Ezechiel Joseph said he is disappointed, stating his outright disapproval for such illegal activity, which he said has the potential to put the local industry in jeopardy.

The minister said his ministry will support a full investigation and its pleased that the drugs were found.

A search of the 93 box consignment by British Border Force officers identified approximately 6.8 kiogrammes of cocaine concealed inside nine hollowed out breadfruits.

British law enforcement were praised for the find.

“In this case, their professionalism has meant that dangerous Class A drugs have been seized and will no longer end up in our communities where they can do so much harm.”

The authorities used hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the United Kingdom.

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  1. our very own immigration and custom officers are much deeply involved in drug trafficing. its the same as
    passport officers has their own business in selling passports too. they are the ones who make life difficult for the island. someone need to keep tag of them not the stupid people they use. they all have their contacts up in england who will boast about it here.

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  2. 6.8 kilo's is nothing, particularly if it got stomped on along the way at one of the transhipment points and is close to junk.

    It's a cost of doing business. It's a seemingly classic approach. Throw the authorities a bone now and then so that they feel warranted and valued and the brass remains comfortable in their annual budgetary asks for resourcing for interdiction activities. Throw in feeding the British and NA border authorities from time to time a couple of desperate single female travelers that are willing to swallow a dozen or two condoms full of blow, the total again being the cost of doing business, like the rest of us pay to license our cars.

    Meanwhile the heavy-lifting of the highly pure, high-value product continues via other well established mechanisms to England and North America continues unabated.

    With the very, very dire straits that Venezuela's economy has been in, people gotta make ends and are vulnerable to participating in activities that they would not otherwise, it's sometimes simply a matter of, literally getting diapers and basics. Crew a go-fast boat, be cool for 16 hours and you'll get a few grans. Hard to resist. It's a losing proposition, but one that many can't refuse, it's the nature of the business. It's propping up several governments including Bolivia, Columbia and Peru --- asj any DEA man they'll tell you there's nothing they can do, from the Office of the President or Prime Minister down to me and you.

    We must look to faith to help us through this. To quote: ""Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of God and from prayer. So will you not desist?"

    All glory to god. Cod is great.

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  3. wa ma sa, what's wrong with those people? Now I can't carry my little breadfruit overseas anymore. They are shaming St. Lucia. let them rot in jail...

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