British tourist: 9 trips to Barbados in 18 months! Only one minor problem…

London woman jailed for seven years: Smuggled Cocaine from Barbados

Whoaloss! We thought she liked to visit Barbados for the sun, sand and surf. Apparently Jennifer Weekes had other things on her mind while visiting our island: like purchasing bricks of cocaine.

Barbados has been in the news quite a bit recently for the wrong reason: Cocaine. Apparently we are in the ideal location to serve as a major distribution and sales point for the number one cash crop in South America.

We were actually surprised ourselves to see the number of posts we’ve written on cocaine. And with the cocaine problem comes the money laundering problem. Cocaine is big money – so big that we’ve even had drug-dealing Barbados police officers and St. Vincent police transporting cocaine to Barbados.

Cocaine also fuels violence and other crimes. I always wondered if the unsolved murder/assassination of retired Chief Immigration Officer Kenrick Hutson had anything to do with violent drug gangs. Before becoming Chief Immigration Officer, Hutson was an Assistant Superintendent of Police. I guess we’ll never know for sure why the man was murdered, and lest you think I’m disrespecting him or associating him with criminals – he could have been murdered for refusing to cooperate, for being honest and for what he knew.

The cocaine industry and sub-culture directly threatens our tourism base

Do a Google Search on “Barbados + Cocaine” and you’ll soon see that our country is front and center in the drug smuggling wars.

We need to pay our police officers much more than we do because the police are the thin line that keeps the drug culture at bay. Make no mistake here: the cocaine industry directly threatens our tourism base because drugs foster violence and other crimes.

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4 responses to “British tourist: 9 trips to Barbados in 18 months! Only one minor problem…

  1. Green Monkey

    I can understand how someone feeling stuck in a dead end, low paying job and possibly with a maxed out credit card or other debts to pay off might see acting as a drug mule (or getting involved in some other aspect of the drug trade) a risk worth taking in order to relieve some financial pressure, or perhaps simply to afford the latest geegaws the marketers and advertisers are pushing on the airwaves, magazine ads and billboards as the newest “must-have” items.

    The way things look to be heading economically speaking, and barring any changes to increase the likelihood of being caught or to make the penalties for drug smuggling more severe, the smugglers will probably find that they don’t have to look too hard to find a willing mule. If people see the above ground economy, rightly or wrongly, as failing them and not providing the financial opportunities they want, or need, they’ll be tempted to look for alternatives.

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  2. Anonymous 245

    Dreadful drug. White Devil!
    Should be illegal -like alcohol.

  3. jrjrjrjr

    Wondered why we saw a drugs detecting dog at Gatwick on our recent return from Barbados. Use drug detection dogs at the Grantley Adams too.