PM cites need to beef up border security

PM cites need to beef up border security

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, who has expressed concern about the involvement of Venezuelans in drugs and guns entering Saint Lucia, has told reporters that this country needs to spend more money on its Coast Guard and get a radar system in place.

Chastanet also spoke of the need to strengthen the laws in Saint Lucia to ensure that people who are caught with illegal guns get a stiffer and more immediate penalty imposed on them.

He said he intends to have meetings with the Venezuelan government  to determine how Saint Lucia and Venezuela can work together to curtail the trafficking in drugs and guns.

“There have been a lot of interdictions,  meaning people who have been caught and the vast majority of those interdictions – people were coming to Saint Lucia so clearly people have seen us as a point of weakness and we have to change that situation around.

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17 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Rather than auctioning off seized go-fast boats the Government should have them refurbished for use as patrol boats and search-and-rescue vessels by the Marine Police.
    Why sell seized boats to the highest bidder when the Marine Police could use them?

  2. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm Reply

    er,

    I most definitely agree with Prime Minister.

    We also need other campaigns/programmes to keep St. Lucia beautiful and clean.
    An appreciation for nature.

    Remember a country is as healthy as it’s human resource.

    There a pressing need for changes in our education model. This doesn’t mean that we get rid of the entire model, however it needs to be reviewed and updated in order to develop efficient and well rounded professionals in not only academics but also sports, the arts, etc.

    In effect more programmes to develop our humanity are needed.

    This is one way to lead the youth away from crime, the current education model only serves to compound the problem.

    The chalk and board system is outdated, hence the need for the laptops which makes learning meaningful and relevant.

    What I’m trying to say is that the problem is not just Venezuela, Saint Lucia has a great part to play in it as well. Unemployment is extremely high amongst the youth just and the poverty level as well is high here in Saint Lucia, securing the borders will not solve the problem it must be tackled from the roots.

    Reduce poverty and you will definitely see a reduction in crime.

  3. 666
    February 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm Reply

    I’ve been saying that for sooooo many years, we need more guards on the coast. We don’t produce guns and cocain, so how do they get in?

    1. Anon1
      February 21, 2017 at 9:26 am Reply

      Some of the Politicians and Business Owners are in involved!

      We may say is papishow I saying however it’s the truth.

  4. Cascadela
    February 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply

    THE IMMIGRATION SYSTEM NEED TO BE ENFORCED PEOPLE CAUGHT NEED TO BE DEPORTED ASAP.MORE IMMIGRATION RAIDS STRICKER IMMIGRATION POLICIES..TOO MANY TIMES WE GLADLY OPEN OUR DOORS AND WINDOWS TO THEIVES,MONEY LAUNDERING, CRIMINALS.ST LUCIANS HAVE THE HYPOCRITES WHOBQUIVK TO OPEN THEIR LEGS AND ARMS FOR A QUICK BUCK ENTERTAINING AND GIVING THOSE CRIMINALS REFUGE#SHAME..SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND NOW IN THE HANDS OF VENEZUELAN CRIMINALS

  5. Nemiah
    February 20, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

    How many times I must hear about border security before implementing it.Smh.

  6. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply

    I conker with all comments night vision cameras raders etc. To cool down those crimenals ..

  7. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 8:12 pm Reply

    The capitalist who dwell in cap estate rodney bay and borne terre are the real criminals and crooks on the island

  8. Anonymous
    February 20, 2017 at 10:09 pm Reply

    st Lucian also thieves and drug pushers too ok not venezuela alone in this drug trade clean up your back yard , the police in it big time; y dont u investigate them MR PRIMEMINISTER find out where the getting the money to build these big houses and buy big jeep and buss , when they salary scale canot even pay the loan just enough to eat ; so do your home work; stop pointing finigers st lucians all over in others countries doing crime and doing drugs

  9. Sad-But-True
    February 21, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

    Evil Chastanet, how are you going to spend purchase a ‘Radar System’ and spend ‘money’ on the Coast Guard, when you threw away close to 80 million dollars In VAT money because of your stup.id and ly.ing campaign promises.

  10. Anon1
    February 21, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply

    All well and good, Allen however when you make a statement like the “Country is Broke” you don’t then come out with press release after press release suggesting things (some good) which will COST money.

    You should be coming out INCOME generating proposals (thoroughly thought out) and I don’t mean selling out our land for the return of investment.

  11. Sharon terrell
    February 21, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply

    Okay lets get it started my prime minister.Jamaica getting ready to put out both air,land,and sea security.St.lucian will say oh did you say we were broke but how you find the monies to do these things.No the computer give away program is more important go to the libraries.Am pretty sure all the islands broke but my safety and safety of family comes before damn computers.Forget about internet pray instead.

  12. Sharon terrell
    February 21, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply

    St.lucians make me laugh.Dont accept investments st.lucia.Allan stop giving the land and soil and the salt water to the investers dumb dumbs.How we going to eat Chastanet,Oh many have died and left the land.Any st.lucian have monies to buy the land,going once going twice,oh and the ocean comes with it.Its Gods Ocean, Land and Sky.Shut the hell up.Chastanet giving the land away st.lucia you’ll sound so stupid.Mcdonalds,Dominos walmart etc, they are one investor with alot of land somtimes a franchise. St.lucia the world think youll are a joke,rubbish and more rubbishNothing in this world is free.You have to spend monies to make monies learn that okay.

  13. Anon1
    February 21, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    Can anyone inform me of when and where the prayer meeting for St Lucia to be blessed with patriotic, HONOURABLE, by partisan, non money chasing, common sense enabled Politicians?!

  14. Anon1
    February 21, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

    The US shutting it’s doors on smallies like us cutting funding and training.

    You want to have a meeting with your Venezuelan counterparts about curtailing guns.

    However you should be allowing the contraband to go through to its final destination.

    Which is the United States of America the biggest consumer of cocaine!

    That coupled with the legalisation of Cannabis for mass export will replenish our Treasury.

    Ok, the cocaine money wont however it has far better “Trickle down” effect than hotels.

    Be a man Allen, “buck the trend” legalise Cannabis – go on one of jollies to Canada and the US meet with the Pharmaceutical companies negotiate a trade deal!

  15. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 at 11:56 am Reply

    Well said. I couldn’t have said it better. I have been saying exactly the same.

  16. Anonymous
    April 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Simple government want the drugs for themselves same as the us

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