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Non-Nationals Jailed After Passing Multiple Capsules Containing Cocaine At OKEU Hospital

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On Wednesday August 30, 2023, an operation was conducted at the George F. L Charles Airport in Saint Lucia, by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

The operation was aimed at intercepting two male individuals, suspected of carrying illegal substances, who were scheduled to arrive in Saint Lucia.

These suspects arrived in Saint Lucia and were swiftly detained.

The first suspect, has been identified as twenty-three [23] year-old Ibrahim Bangora, a Sierra Leone national. The second suspect has been identified as thirty-one [31] year-old Chinwendu Nwokocha, a Nigerian national.

Responding agents interviewed the suspects and informed them that they were being arrested on suspicion of committing the offence of Drug Trafficking and escorted them to Owen King European Union [OKEU] Hospital, for a medical examination.

The medical examination confirmed the suspicion of the officers, and revealed multiple capsules in the alimentary canals of the suspects. They remained at the hospital for further medical observation.

Whilst receiving medical care, Ibrahim Bangora passed one hundred and eight [108] capsules and Chinwendu Nwokocha passed out ninety-nine [99] capsules. These capsules were seized by investigators and had a combined weight of three kilograms [3kg].

Controlled substance testing proved that the capsules contained Cocaine Hydrochloric.

The suspects were subsequently charged with the offences of Possession of a Controlled Drug and Importation of a Controlled Drug.

They were later taken before the First District Court for a bail hearing. Both defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to fourteen [14] months imprisonment respectively.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Forces understands that drug trafficking can be a source of concern for many people, but we want to reassure you that we are doing everything in our power to keep our communities safe.

We are of the firm belief, that together, we can make a difference.

The organization has bolstered its crime fighting efforts which have yielded positive results. Let’s work together, contact us at 555, to report anonymously.

SOURCE: Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. Headline photo: Internet stock image.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. That’s all the magistrate had up their sleeves 14—months if it was a lucian that got caught in a foreign country they would’ve gotten many more years than that and be deported same day out of jail… SMFH

  2. But why not show us their ugly dirty faces; what are the authorities gonna do with the shitty capsules? sell them at the market, give them away to the good Cops or just flush them down. What the hell are West African Nationals doing in St. Lucia? were they instead heading to Haiti and later said, any Creole speaking Country would do.

  3. SOOO WRONG ONLY 14 MONTHS? I DONT UNDERSTAND THE LUCIAN LAWS THEY NEED TO BE UPDATED, SO THEY STILL IN LUCIA THEY LUCKY, HERE IN CANADA AFTER YOU SERVE YOUR YEARS YOUR TAIL BACK TO AFRICA AND YOU ARE FLAGGED AND TAGGED FOR NO ENTRY. THATS WHAT THEY DESERVED. THEY CAME VIGIE AIRPORT FROM WHERE? HMMM.

  4. They were caught quickly but the container that was recently found with all the drugs no one was arrested.

  5. That container in the north is like a bastard child- no attention! The one from imitation IKEA (even with ikea colours) from last year, is like an outside child- forgotten! What a system!

  6. 14 months ?????????????- for these idiots —– there must be some mistake with the sentencing. Please, please, please, please tell me it’s a misprint.
    By the way – where was the designation drop off ???????? – that’s the million dollar question.

  7. TELL ME IS 14 YEARS THEY MEANT TO SAY! BAN THESE AFRICANS FROM OUR ISLAND..
    WE LUCIANS ARE BAD ALREADY!

  8. Interestingly it seems our foreign minister just welcomed Sierra Leone as
    a welcomed addition to countries and into our country. Their ambassador

  9. Oh my, what’s wrong with some black men? Of all the hard working people I’ve met from Sierra Leone and Nigeria who are working two, sometimes three jobs in order to make a living and there you have those two lazy idiots taking a short cut to riches and giving their country a bad name. They will not stop and think of the lives of the young people that they are destroying. I hope that they suffer in prison. Then and again, those criminals never learn.

  10. Wait so Y not deport them and then ban them from entering our borders? Y must our hardworking lucian tax money go towards feeding those guys. SMBH. Too many boksmart ppl making decisions in this country

  11. To paraphrase:- our foreign Minister just welcomed Sierra Leone’s ambassador as a welcome addition of ambassadors into our Country. (I hope this is o.k.)

    This raises a number of questions; (I) what was this drugs for, sale?
    (2) Is it, if you’re caught, plead Guilty – short Sentence & you’re gone?
    (3) Seems you’ve done that before; test all African visitors irrespective.
    Anyone who has lived in the U.K. as I have, know all about Nigerians; and your Tourism Minister wanted to introduce their Band to play In St Lucia as an introduction; don’t try something you wont be able to control. Cool it and play it safe.

  12. Don’t know much about people from Sierra leon but the NIGERIANS I live in united states and travels into Canada sometimes for work and I tell you anywhere you come across a Nigerian be it in usa or Canada or on islands people listen to me RUN these people crooked and needs to be fed with a crooked spoon make them wear a crooked pair of shoes and walk a crooked mile and put them on a crooked ship and return to their crooked sender

  13. Perhaps the diaspora, who have lived with and know of people worldwide could play a role in molding our foreign policy. “Not all that glitters is gold”. Our foreign policy should be constrained, because of our limitations in national security.

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