National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has told reporters that recent money seizures by the police may be an indication that drugs are not coming into Saint Lucia.
“The drugs are not coming in but we are getting the money before the transaction has taken place,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner said.
Last month Saint Lucia police seized the equivalent of over one million EC dollars in cash in two separate operations and arrested two Venezuelan nationals and a local.
Francis recalled that based on the IMPACS report, the Americans ceased funding for the Marine Police Unit here.
He said realizing that a lot of drug shipments were arriving here from Venezuela, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet decided that it could not be allowed to continue.
“What he did was to give the Marine Unit $600,000 and they purchased about four engines – so all the boats are now in the water and so far we have not had any reports of drugs coming in as yet,” the minister stated.