Police arrested a man Monday on suspicion of entering this country illegally and took him to a COVID-19 quarantine centre.
Deputy Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, made the disclosure at a news conference Tuesday.
He told reporters that the suspect was held at an establishment in Gros Islet.
The Deputy Police Commissioner did not disclose the nationality of the detainee.
But well informed sources told St Lucia Times that the individual is a Jamaican.
Desir said it was reported that the man had entered the country four days prior to his arrest.
“He was in an establishment at the time officers approached him,” the Deputy Police Commissioner explained, without going into details.
Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, was asked by reporters whether others who may have been in contact with the suspect were in quarantine as well.
“There is no need right now for them to be in quarantine. This gentleman has been placed in quarantine. He will be tested and based on his result, then a determination will be made,” Moncherry responded.
About a week ago six Saint Lucians in two boats were held by a Marine Police patrol on suspicion of entering this country illegally from neighbouring Martinique.
Police at the time said one of the vessels had a quantity of goods believed to have been obtained from the French overseas territory.
All six suspects were taken to a quarantine centre and are expected to face charges at a later date.
Saint Lucia authorities have indicated that the biggest threat to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 here, is the entry of people through the back door.
And they have appealed to members of the public to report such individuals to the police.
According to Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, it’s everybody’s business to protect themselves and each other.
(Headline photo caption: File photo of police vehicle)