PM Expresses Concern After Venezuelans, Locals Held At Sea

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, Monday expressed concern after four Venezuelans and three Saint Lucians were held at sea last weekend.

Law enforcement officials said the men who were travelling in a pirogue, were intercepted by a United States Coast Guard vessel and brought here Monday morning.

Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, told St Lucia Times that the vessel is believed to be from the Vieux Fort area.

Milton Desir

He said the non-nationals had no form of identification, but preliminary investigations have led law enforcement authorities to believe that they are from Venezuela.

Desir said an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

“We did not capture any of the evidence – We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,” Prime Minister Chastanet told reporters.

The Prime Minister is just back from a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) conference in Trinidad focusing on citizen safety and security.

He questioned why Saint Lucian nationals would be bringing four Venezuelans to this country in boat.

“This is a growing issue for all of us. I am hoping that it stays at just drugs and arms and it does not become anything else,” Chastanet stated.

“When I went to Trinidad you are seeing it is much bigger than that. There are thousands of Venezuelans who are coming across on a regular basis and taking up residence in Trinidad which is now putting pressure on the education system, the health care system and the local policing system,” the Saint Lucia Prime Minister explained.

“My fears are still there – Saint Lucia has taken some strong and bold initiatives,” Chastanet stated.

He recalled that Saint Lucia has imposed visa requirements on Venezuelans.

But Acting Police Commissioner, Milton Desir, while acknowledging that the visa requirement provides an opportunity to screen individuals,  observed that there are sill others who seek to enter Saint Lucia through the ‘back door’.

Nevertheless, he expressed the view that the visa requirement is working and that joint patrols would reduce the incidence of illegal entry.

13 COMMENTS

  1. We did not capture any of the evidence – We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,” Prime Minister Chastanet told reporters…

    Since when is the prime minister involved in law enforcement and investigation?

    • He is hoping that it was an attempt to import drug and is apparently praying that it is not a human trafficking, issue especially from Venezuela.
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      • Why de ass is this man speaking out of turn on things he knows NOTHING about. Chastanet DID YOU SEE ANYONE DROP OFF THE EVIDENCE IN THE OCEAN”. KEEP YOUR DAMN MOUTH SHUT. You are not an authority on anything farless this situation. Gosh!!!

  2. “This is a growing issue for all of us. I am hoping that it stays at just drugs and arms and it does not become anything else,” Chastanet stated.
    This part of the article should speak volumes, our PM just told the T&T public his govt takes security seriously yet he uttered those words?

    • It must be OK to bring in drugs and guns. Misguided statement by our PM. I just wonder if he actually thinks before he spills out such statements. Is it because the bulk of crime affects and occurs mostly in the poor and downtrodden neighborhoods? Just wondering!!!!

  3. Mr Prime Minister and Mr Deputy this brings into question…WHY IS IT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A FUNCTIONING COAST GUARD IN THE SOUTH?…i drive past the coast gaurd everyday and around 2012 0r 2011 we use to see boat being brought in on a regular basis. I marvelled at the work that was being done by our coast guard. It means that there was an issue however from sometime last year around may or june there have been no coast guard boat down there . What is happening ..are we serious about the influx of Venezuelans. The deputy said the visa is working but they use back doors. Of course they will use back doors if it is left open for everyone to come in.

  4. As the situation gets worse in Venezuela, the temptation to engage in Human Trafficking will escalate. People will always find ways to explait people and situations for financial gains. On one side there are persons who will pay to go to another country, and on the other side there will be people who will be willing to take a chance on making money by transporting people into their country or another country. The authorities have to step up its game to stop it. And as we know mistreatment and abuse will always be a part of the illegal equation, because the smugglers sometimes look at these persons who are trying to leave an economically diminishing country illegally, as persons who have little or no rights.

  5. THIS EVERLASTING DONKEY. Father please bless our land bless it with thy mighty hand from those who are governing us. “This is a growing issue for all of us I AM HOPING that is stays at JUST DRUGS AND ARMS and it does not become ANYTHING ELSE. And its the opposition that need to BRAE. HEEE HAWW HEE DAM HAWW. OMG!!

    “He question why Saint Lucian National would be bringing in four Venezuelans to this country by boat” Ahhhh could it be for the same reasons why they have been coming to St Lucia for the last two decades. Why don’t he ask the boys in Denary or V-Fort. Better yet why don’t ask them why they go there on a weekly basis INTERN. EVEN BETTER YET why the homicide backlog contains Venezuelans that were murdered in St Lucia under a cloud of suspicion (wink wink).

  6. Now you all know what Italy & Greece must feel like. Overwhelmed by the garbage floating across to their shores from Africa.

    • They are garbage now to you but they were not garbage back then when they were captured from their homelands and pack in the bottom of merchant ships like sardines to be sold as slave labor to build the empires in these very same countries centuries ago huh illiterate bastard. It kills me when I read how Black People especially my own Saint Lucians displays their arrogance over their ignorance as a people. Read a book we were and still are Kings and Queens learn to love yourself your race and your culture

  7. WT IS WRONG WITH Chastanet GASA?!!! YOU ARE HOPING THAT IT STAYS JUST AS DRUGS AND ARMS????? LIKE YOU ARE HOPING THAT THE COUNTRY STAYS IN A STATE WHERE PPL SELL DRUGS AND GET KILLED FOR NOT PAYING THE DRUGS THAT THEY TOOK ON CREDIT BECAUSE THEY ARE UNEMPLOYED?
    AND DO U MEAN BY THIS?
    We did not capture any of the evidence – We believe that they dropped it off in the ocean,
    WHAT EVIDENCE? YOU KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON? WHAT EVIDENCE? A BABY? FOOD? CLOTHING? MAYBE THEY WERE TRYING TO FLEE VENEZUELA BECAUSE, IDK IT IS IN A STATE OF DISASTER?
    IVE NEVER CAME ACROSS SUCH A LUMP OF **** IN MY LIFE!!!!!!
    !!
    DOES Chastanet REALLY HAVE A BRAIN?
    IS HE A HUMAN BEING?

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