Minister links cash seizures to drug trade

Minister links cash seizures to drug trade

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.

 

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    How was the Prime Minister able to give the Marine Unit so much money so close to the end of the financial year, when he did not present Supplementary Estimates to the House, followed by a Supplementary Appropriation Bill ? He kept the Budget as presented by the last Administration, stopped certain projects that were earmarked for completion, and cut back on certain social programmes. Now, he has been able to give Hermangild’s Ministry so much money on the eve of the closure of the financial year, without a Supplementary Budget. I hope the Public Accounts Committee and the Director of Audit take note. And I hope St. Lucians are bracing themselves for an upcoming Deficit Budget, even though the Government has recruited outside help to put it together.

    1. Anonymous
      March 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply

      He is the PRIME MINISTER. Questions answered.

  2. sharon terrell
    March 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Good job,stop the vampire them.Drugs bring in guns= crimes we cannot continue for this to go on,on account of the lives of our citizens.We are now the island i the OECS for the most murders this year,and the year just started.Drugs = Guns Thank you Mr.Prime Ministerand Minister of Justice.Keep up the good work.

  3. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply

    Why u all are placing so much emphasis on drugs when alcohol is causing much more social ills look what the ladies that work in the banks behave when it is carnival having sex on the streets man do not smoke weed and do such nonsense we all are a bunch of hippocrites that bowing down to the american and europeans who enslaved us for over 400 years

    1. biggz
      March 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

      Amen!!!….and since when he an investigator my nigga give the police their credit thats if they deserve any…i voted for the pm but he should know his role

  4. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Sharon, I, like you, think it is a good thing that we are taking stps to curb the drug problem. But the point I am making is: from where did the money come to give the Marine Unit , so close to the end of the financial year? You see, Sharon, if the accounting fails, there will be consequences. Enough said. Let us agree for me to embrace your point and for you to embrace mine. Between these two positions, we, like Jack Sprat and his wife, can lick the platter clean. Have a good lunch.

  5. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    im sure that money seized is for drugs already on island….dont be stupid mr minister

  6. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Pm playing he stupid; with out drugs money this country not running he knows that verywell ; man have to eat and their family ; after the Island have no work, no money; snd u want to talk about crime , wake up how much people out of a job, u canot even psy the nice people , wat u expect, and the police force liveing off of drug money , give them more boats to get more drugs for them self; people are fustrated in the Island a little week for the fellas to mske a hustle for them self; the police takeing it for them self , and u telling me, u cleaning up the Island clean up the police force first ; and then all police going and join lodge because they ate dirty cops; if the make belive PM not seeing this

  7. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm Reply

    THE P M KNOWS WHERE THE DRUGS COMING FROM AND THE DRUG DEALERS; STOP PLAYING GAME AND CLEAN UP THE POLICE FORCE THEY ARE THE DRUG DEALERS; NOW MORE BOATS FOR THEM TO GO OUT AND GET THE DRUGS FOR THEM SELF ; ALL POLICE OFFICERS JOINING LODE NOW SO THEY CANOT BE TOUCH ; THAT IS THE REASON THAT ISLAND THE WAY IT IS TOO MUCH NASTY THINGS GOING ON IN THIS ISLAND WICKED ISLAND

  8. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply

    What’s the plan for that money? Make sure your’ll make good use if it.

  9. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply

    The PM knows exactly wat is going on , so stop it now and clean up the police force; and give the money back begore mote blood sheading in St Lucia; every day money passing throughbour shops banks supermarket is not drugs money; PM playing stupid

  10. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply

    GIVE NICE PEOPLE THE MONEY ; TIME UP

  11. Caribguy
    March 7, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply

    600,000K for 4 engines???? So who got the left overs.

  12. Anonymous
    March 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Ever hear of upstream investment? Maybe that money could have been used to invest in the economy…create jobs.. programs for youth… make St Lucia better. Then maybe that might prevent the issue with drugs.

  13. Anonymous
    March 8, 2017 at 12:01 am Reply

    and yet still they loosing yall on the waters, give that 600,000 to the poor people

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