Agriculturalist, Cuthbert Phillips, has expressed concern about the recent discovery of cocaine concealed in breadfruit shipped from Saint Lucia.
Some 6.8kg of the drug was hidden in nine hollowed out breadfruit that arrived at Gatwick airport from this country on Monday, August 22, 2016.
The freight consignment of 93 boxes of plantain and breadfruit was searched by UK Border Force officers who discovered the cocaine hidden in produce in one marked box.
Cuthbert Phillips believes the discovery of the drugs could hurt Saint Lucia’s agriculture diversification drive.
The former President of the Saint Lucia Agriculturalists Association told the Times it could virtually destroy any export in agricultural produce to the UK.
“We put ourselves in a position whereby our produce will require constant checking and even in this constant checking you have to look at the quality of your fruit – so something like that can really destroy the export market,” Phillips, who is also a former Police Commissioner observed.
He expressed confidence that the matter will be investigated from the local end.
“I am sure that the powers that be will be able to find out,” Phillips asserted.