Three days after drug enforcement officials intercepted cocaine in a shipment of dried coconuts at the Hewenorra International Airport, the police have arrested one person in relation to the incident.
The Police Public Relations Office confirmed in a press statement on Wednesday afternoon that the drug bust was made on Sunday October 2, 2016.
“A search of the intercepted cargo revealed several boxes/crates containing dried coconuts. Three coconuts were identified as having concealed therein, a white powdery substance suspected to be a controlled drug to wit: cocaine,” the police said in the statement.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) broke the story on Sunday stating that the cocaine was detected in the coconuts moments before it was loaded onto a flight destined for the United Kingdom.
SNO was recently informed that the shipper is a full-time employee with the airport that resides in Dennery.
This publication had made contact with several senior police officials on several occasions, who up to early Wednesday morning claimed that they have not received any information about the cocaine bust.
A few hours later, the Police Press Office confirmed the incident and promised to issue a statement.
In August, six kilogrammes of cocaine concealed inside 9 hollowed out breadfruits from Saint Lucia was discovered by British Border Force officers, placing the island in international spotlight.