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Major drug trafficking network between St Lucia, Martinique dismantled

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 11:15 AM

CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – The authorities in Martinique have dismantled a major drug trafficking operation between St Lucia and the French Caribbean territory.

Five persons were arrested and a money counter was confiscated, which Martinique officials say is evidence of the huge profits associated with the drugs trade.

The anti-drug operation on December 18 resulted in arrests in four communities and the seizure of just over 50 kilograms of cocaine, more than 20 kilograms of cannabis and a semi-automatic pistol.

According to media reports out of Martinique, the success of French law enforcement officials came as a result of a year of investigative work.

The news organisation quoted Martinique prosecutor, Gaudeul Renaud,as saying that the traffic in narcotics  was between St Lucia and Fort de France – the capital of Martinique.

He disclosed that the trafficking targeted the neighbourhoods of Sainte-Thérèse, Dillon and to a lesser extent Pointe des Neiges.