Cracking down on the illegal gun trade in St. Lucia is no easy job.
While law enforcement and government officials know how the guns get here, the challenge is figuring out where the guns are coming from and intercepting them.
That is the belief of National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere.
“We first have to find out where they are coming from. That’s the first point, because before you can curtail or have strategies to curtail guns, you have to know where they are coming from,” he told HTS.
“Most of the illegal firearms are coming through our sea borders and that is a challenge, because clearly when someone comes in from some other country with guns, or from a drug haul… and they bringing guns, it is very difficult to intercept those guns, because they are coming in through the sea,” he added.
Despite the challenges, the minister said law enforcement officials are doing their best with the limited resources they have.
“We have, as you know, a radar system that we have implemented for St. Lucia. We also have a fairly robust platform for our Marine Unit who are constantly doing interdictions. And we have cooperation, not just within the agencies in St. Lucia, but between agencies and police forces outside of St Lucia. So there is that constant cooperation to try and seal our borders, but it’s not possible to have 100 percent,” La Corbiniere added.