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DRUG TRAFFICKING IN THE CARIBBEAN
The Caribbean continues to be a transhipment point for illegal drugs into America and to a lesser extent England and Canada. Lloyd Williams, Senior Associate editor of the Jamaica Gleaner, wrote an article in the May 26, 2004 edition entitled "Drug trafficking in the Caribbean." Noting that that aricle was written five years ago, the researcher is aware that quite a lot of changes might have occurred in that period. Nevertheless, she would use contents of that article as a resource. Attention would be given to the use of marijuana and cocaine in:
- one Antigua and Barbuda and
- two St.Kitts and Nevis.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis is a twin island Federation in the Eastern Caribbean. It is reported that it is a transhipment point for cocaine from South America to the U.S. The vessels used to transport cocaine are boats - small sail boats, fishing boats and speed boats. At the time of the report, it was stated that trafficking organisations operate in St. Kitts. Mention was made of the following persons;
- one Charles Miller
- two Noel Heath
- three Glenroy Matthew
These persons were tried the U.S. and found guilty. Charles miller was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Marijuana is grown in St. Kitts and Nevis for local consumption. This is an illegal activity so these plants are grown mainly in the mountains.
Antigua and Barbuda
Similar to St.Kitts and Nevis, Antiqua and Barbuda are in the Eastern Caribbean and they form a twin island state. This country is a transit sites for cocaine from South America to the U.S. and other global arket. Antigua with its international airport and dockyard seems to be an ideal haven for drugs traffickers. In addition, both islands have secluded beaches and uncontrolled marinas. The vessels used to conduct drug transfer are sailing boats, speed boats, fishing vessels and yatchs.
Marijuana is grown on both islands mainly for local use. It is farmed on the hillside and mountain area.