Saint Lucia corrections officer formally charged for smuggling contraband into BCF

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Saint Lucia corrections officer formally charged for smuggling contraband into BCF
Rodney St. Rose
Rodney St. Rose

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police have formally charged a veteran corrections officer for smuggling contraband into his work place, the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF).

Rodney St. Rose of Morne Cayenne, Vieux Fort was charged on Thursday with possession of a controlled drug and introducing a controlled substance into the prison, police told St. Lucia News Online on Tuesday.

St. Rose, who has over a decade of experience as a corrections officer, was granted bail in the sum of $7,000 cash or with land documents or suitable surety, police said.

He is scheduled to return to court again, police said, but could not immediately provide the officer’s next court date.

According to reports, the corrections officer was arrested on March 11 for being in possession of parcels of marijuana and hashish, cell phone sim cards, razors, lighters, cigarettes, and other contraband, into the prison. The items were reportedly concealed in a box of orange juice.

In response to the arrest, Deputy Director of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) Leonard Terrance had said criminal activities at the prison will not be tolerated.

Speaking to HTS, Terrance, who is also the officer in charge, said: “I don’t know of any organisation that allows for any illicit activities to take place … and ours is no different.”

Reports are that St. Rose was arrested for a similar incident a few years ago but the matter was dismissed due to technicality.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. We must remind the police that they must uphold the law ,any wrongdoing will result in discipline.You have now committed a criminal offence and if found guilty could possibly face jail ,let’s hope you get very good lawyer to get you out of that mess .

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  2. Did they ever catch that Venezuelan escapee? Someone got paid. Corruption is blatant, particularly in the public sector.

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  3. That place is a swamp, there are more officers involved in the smuggling of sophisticated prohibited items in the jail. This ill thinking young man is just a tip of the iceberg. I think it’s time to conduct a high level investigation on the entire place. Get some of the convicts to cooperate in exchange for less time, or have undercover agents spend time behind bars to uncover the greem reality that exists. Also, why would some youth be held outside the prison walls with a firearm? Is it because a friend/relative convict is being abused and needs the firearm to demand respect from his abusers? We all just see things on the surface but trust me there’s more to it than meet the eye!

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