Cocaine discovered in produce shipped from Saint Lucia to the UK

PRESS RELEASE:-On Monday 22nd August 2016 a freight consignment consisting of 93 boxes of breadfruit and plantain arrived at Gatwick from St Lucia on board flight VS098.

A search of the consignment by UK Border Force officers identified approx. 6.8kg of cocaine concealed inside 9 hollowed out breadfruit all within one marked box.

Border Force South regional director, Sue Young, said:

“Border Force officers play a crucial role in securing our borders against drug smuggling. In this case, their professionalism has meant that dangerous Class A drugs have been seized and will no longer end up in our communities where they can do so much harm.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the UK.

They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the smuggling Hotline on 0800 59 5000.



  1. The Commentator
    August 27, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Find out which farm the breadfruits came from, who packed them, who received them and who shipped them. Follow the chain of custody and the suspects/culprits will be unmasked.
    Unfortunately this cocaine discovery, in a fresh produce shipment from St. Lucia, will put all our fresh produce exports under scrutiny. smh

  2. Sad-But-True
    August 27, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Another disgruntled Inferior Poor Black UWP supporter who never got his/her ‘5 to stay Alive Kit.” And is now to destroy the VISA free travel that we the Superior SLP Supporters are Enjoying.
    Inferior UWP = Destruction, Builders Of NOTHING, Victimization, Lies & Deceit.
    Superior SLP = Nation Building for ALL, Love and Prosperity.

    1. False
      August 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Falkoff Sadist, everything is political and racist with you…get a life!

      1. Caribbean People must unite
        August 29, 2016 at 5:41 pm

        Didn’t know sad but true travel out of st lucia the way he /she always talking about foreigners that lives St Lucia.

    2. Anonymous
      August 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      You sound so PATHETIC….Same old song…same old, same old. The profile name is an indication that you are Indeed Sad……That’s True!!!!

  3. Revelation
    August 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    In future it would be wise to ignore all comments posted by Sad-but-True as he/she thrives on your responses to his/her strange political comments. By responding to Sad-but-True you only sink to his/her political level.
    There is saying that if you wrestle with a pig (Sad-but-True) then you will get dirty all over and the pig will love it. Leave Sad-but-True in his/her political pigsty.

  4. Anonymous
    August 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Does any one realize this destroy,s our export an immigration to almost every country Slu goods an people are going to woow self distrution of a an island by some of it,s people

  5. St. Lucian
    August 27, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    SAD BUT TRUE get a life. You are sad and pathetic. Go find out about people who have been murdered and their case taking years to resolve.
    That should interest you

  6. Tony
    August 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    That cocaine came from a (Words removed) . Prove me wrong ….. Btw sad-but-true u right on the money….. There has always been a link between (Word removed) and illicit drug activity at Hewanorra airport. That’s a historical fact.

  7. Anonymous
    August 28, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I heard it came from a (Word removed) at cul desac

  8. John Williams
    August 28, 2016 at 7:22 am

    This is not a hard case to solve.Maybe an hour or less. Who shipped that consignment is documented. The receiver’s name is also documented. Lastly, the illegal cargo is in the hands of authorities. Duh!

    1. Vanilla Sky
      August 28, 2016 at 9:56 am

      How are you so sure that the shipper or receiver knew that drugs were placed in their shipment? This network is much bigger than you think. Airport staff and customs officers are all in on this.

  9. John Williams
    August 28, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Are you suggesting that the receiver will stumble upon it. Bodoos, look what I found! These drugs are expensive and the owners are not going to send them to any unsure location. Sometimes these drugs are bought on consignment… after the sale, originator is paid. When he doesn’t get paid, somebody has to die. Custom staff may be involved, however, the local police should be sniffing the shipper. The receiver is already figured out.