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Thursday, October 25, 2012


CASTRIES, St Lucia, Wednesday October 24, 2012 – Last week, gang violence at the Accident and Emergency Department at the Victoria Hospital forced nurses to abandon their posts and run for safety.
The incident illustrated the upsurge in criminal activities that has presented police with an uphill task in grappling with the situation and left National Security Minister Phillip La Corbiniere extremely concerned about the path on which the island’s future appears to be headed.

La Corbiniere, who is also the Minister for Legal Affairs and Home Affairs, has blamed the increase in criminal activity and gang violence on the illegal drug trade which he said the authorities would spare no effort to dismantle.  He added that the efforts would go beyond capturing the proverbial small fish.

“In a business you might start as a cleaner and end up as owner of the business, and so it is the same in an unlawful enterprise, people start at the bottom and move up become stronger and stronger, and eventually become a king-pin in the trade.

“So the point I have been making is that at all levels we have to dismantle the drug trade,” he said.

La Corbiniere, a former attorney general and minister of justice, warned of the impact of the illegal drugs trade on St. Lucia.

“Sometimes I am almost bowled over by the things that reach my desk in terms of the kind of corruption that is ongoing, of the kind of involvement that we see in the drug trade.

“I am almost frightened about where St. Lucia is heading and going to be if we do not begin to get some control over this situation,” he added.


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