Francis to discuss illegal guns, drugs with Martinique officials

Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security,  Hermangild Francis, was off to neighbouring Martinique Wednesday for  a meeting of the Franco-Saint Lucian Security Committee.

Francis told reporters before departing for the two day meeting that Saint Lucia wants to strengthen  security ties with Martinique in order to bolster the fight against illegal guns and drugs.

“Most of our drugs seem to be coming from Saint Vincent and Martinique – that’s the triangle there and we suspect that a lot of guns are actually coming from Martinique,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner explained.

“If we can liaise with the French we should be able to make a dent in the number of firearms coming from that Island,” Francis asserted.

He disclosed that in addition to guns and drugs, the meeting in Martinique will  discuss the matter of judicial cooperation, extradition, the forfeiture of assets  and immigration.

The  Franco- Saint Lucian Security Committee was established in 2004 through a memorandum of understanding between Saint Lucia and  Martinique.

The intention of the memorandum was to enhance administrative, security and judicial cooperation between the two Islands.

The security committee meets twice every year alternatively in Martinique and Saint Lucia.

Francis was accompanied  on his trip to Martinique by the Permanent Secretary in his ministry, Agosta Degazon, the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Daarsrean Greene and Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir.



  1. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    If de guns come from Martinique, how come they homicide rate lower than St. Lucia? They not stupid enough to use them, just for export to retarded countries like us.

  2. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Chewps another vacation.Minister No Clue

  3. Box head
    July 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    The 4 horse men going to labah to talk about guns coming into st lucia.bunch of jokers that has no idea where to start but just travelling running away every oppotunity they get to board a plane.

  4. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    like that will stop anything..hermangild gon sleep my yute

  5. Anonymous
    July 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm


  6. Anon1
    July 20, 2017 at 8:55 am

    But wait it’s being repeatedly said “no money in the country” surely when you read the various news articles over the last week.

    Are there any ministers or high ranking officials left on island!

    Surely this could have been done on a Skype conference call!