Saint Lucia’s Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry has been elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police.
Moncherry was elected on Friday as the association wrapped up its annual general meeting in the Cayman Islands.
Representatives of the 25-nation group met this week to improve policing in response to new threats from cross-border crime.
FBI Agent, Scott Rottman was quoted by the Cayman Compass as telling the opening session of the meeting that as drug shipments from South America move North, they are broken down into smaller quantities which are more difficult to track.
With the discovery of secret laboratories in the Dominican Republic, he warned of a growing threat in the Caribbean from illegal opioids such as fentanyl, the Cayman Compass reported.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).