Nineteen foreign nationals are currently in custody at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), the majority of them for firearms and drugs related offences, according to information obtained by St Lucia Times.
The group includes 7 Venezuelans, 3 Vincentians, 2 Jamaicans, 2 Martiniquans, 2 Dominicans, 1 Frenchman, 1 national of the Dominican Republic and 1 Barbadian.
Three of the Venezuelans at the BCF are on remand for firearm related offences, two are on remand for money laundering and two are on remand pending extradition, St Lucia Times has learnt.
One Dominican is serving time for possession of cocaine with intent to supply, while one of his compatriots is on remand for possession of cannabis.
Two Jamaicans, one serving 18 months for possession of cocaine with intent to supply and another on remand for sexual intercourse with a minor, are also among the foreign nationals in custody at BCF.
A Barbadian is serving five years for possession of cannabis with intent to supply, while a national of the Dominican Republic is serving five years in jail for driving without a valid permit.
Two nationals of Martinique and one native of France are all serving time for possession of cannabis, a Vincentian is serving seven years for possession of a firearm and ammunition while one of his countrymen is on remand for obtaining property by deception and another is on remand for possession of cannabis.