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(CMC) – The authorities in neighbouring Martinique have dismantled a major drug trafficking operation between St Lucia and the French Caribbean territory.
According to media reports out of Martinique, the success of French law enforcement officials came as a result of a year of investigative work.
A news organization quoted Martinique Prosecutor, Gaudeul Renaud, as saying that the traffic in narcotics was between St Lucia and Fort de France – the capital of Martinique.
He disclosed that the trafficking targeted the neighbourhoods of Sainte-Thérèse, Dillon and to a lesser extent Pointe des Neiges.
The anti-drug operation on December 18 resulted in arrests in four communities and the seizure of just over 50 kilograms of cocaine, more than 20 kilograms of cannabis and a semi-automatic pistol.
Martinique officials added that a money counter was confiscated – testimony to the huge profits associated with the drugs trade.
Five individuals, including a 33-year-old Saint Lucian national, were also arrested.