Drug seized in Barbados arrived in cargo vessel from St. Lucia

Drug seized in Barbados arrived in cargo vessel from St. Lucia

(NATION NEWS) – A civil engineer is expected to appear in court today charged in connection with the discovery of 418.8 pounds of cannabis worth over $837 000.

He is 34-year-old Duane Ryan Gittens of Lot #405 Westwood Drive, St James.

Police say the drugs were found when members of the Drug Squad and Customs Enforcement Division conducted an operation at the Bridgetown Port on August 31.

Forty pails of adhesive glue, each containing a quantity of cannabis wrapped in brown tape, were discovered.

Investigations further revealed that the pails arrived in Barbados onboard a cargo vessel from St Lucia. They were consigned to a company in Barbados.

Investigations led to Gittens’ arrest and he was formally charged with the offences of possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, trafficking cannabis and importation of cannabis.

He is expected to appear in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.


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  1. This is why we in the caribbean not going anywhere. We have an OECS grouping and on top of that a CARICOM grouping. But how cooperatively functional and effective are they?

    At this stage in the history of those groupings with proper investigations and coordination and cooperation between Caribbean law enforcement this matter should have ALSO included statements on the origin of the drugs and the originator(s) of the consignment. Not too difficult and they too should be under wraps. This looks like a piece meal police approach satisfied to establish only one of the parties involved in the illegal activity.


  2. While we enslave each other and waste police and customs resources over petty ganja crimes, the "white man" makes billions out of the same ganja- legally.

    I am 50 years old and up to this day I cannot understand why out of all the grass and natural bush on earth, it is the ganja that is discriminated against!!!!!!!


  3. Wow. What a big export from Saint Lucia. Ganja can be our biggest agricultural export in the future so we should legalize it and start taxing the growers, distributors and exporters to bring valuable income into Saint Lucia. Time to diversify the economy.


  4. Imagine he has a fulltime career as an engineer..and he cant seem to avoid the lucrative money the cash crop generates..believe or not,it is always the well off and more stable persons who indulge deeply into drug trade but the stereotype is the little dutty bwoy.


  5. New Testament Verse of the Day:

    He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.

    – Revelation 13: 15


  6. My point is that customs and the shipping agency knows fully well the contents in those buckets . Why would you sign documents without seeing the contents? On the other hand was the cargo examined by customs? .....it's just the connection we all know too well . 418 lbs ? Wow . Government could retrack the shipping process , and get all parties involved.


  7. Where did the weed originate? The cargo vessel came from St. Lucia but it does not mean that the weed came from St. Lucia


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