Drugs in local breadfruit shipment will create problems for agriculture?

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.




  1. Sad-But-True
    August 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Lol, of course they will. Lol. The poor Black UWP supporters were bamboozled by an Inferior white dude TO RULE OVER THEM LIKE BACK IN THE DAY ON THE SLAVE PLANTATION. Lol. So now reality sets in and NO ‘stay Alive kits’ or Largent en posh left. So their way of expunging this whole ‘may-lay’ and protesting is this way. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Hahahaha

  2. anon
    August 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    Who shipped these agricultural products?
    Is it possible that someone other than the shipper was responsible?
    Can our media follow up on this by some investigation to find out how the product was shipped, which means of transportation was used and who were the agent. The agent should be able to say who was the shipper who could then be interviewed.

    As usual I guess the media will just not go any further and do a real job.
    Can we trust the police to investigate? It should be simple for them to find out the above and inform the citizenry of the investigation.

    Unfortunately after all these years under the SLP it is ‘anything goes and the corruption is deep.

    1. Anon1
      August 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

      you might just be confusing the duties of the media and the Police.

  3. Anonymous
    August 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Last I knew allen was not the only white pm sad but true you need to be real and stop this politics u really pathetic now

  4. Anonymous
    August 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    We can not blem oder ppl for the wrongs of some .

  5. Anon1
    August 30, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I can appreciate all the comments Mr Phillips has made however in the same breath it comes across as scare mongering.

    Mr Phillips is fully aware drugs have been trafficked via our agricultural produce for decades now. Many of the cases unsolved which doesn’t leave much hope with this one, as simple and straight forward as some of us may think.

    Lets not forget not too long ago the same drug was found in liquid in Bounty Rum bottles being carried by a holiday maker.

    Admittedly it’s a slightly different scenario but my point is there’s been no bans any additional scrutiny of travellers with Bounty Rum in their possession.