CORRUPT CUSTOMS AND police officers, as well as employees of courier services, have been identified as being a major headache in the fight against the illegal drug trade.
Superintendent Grafton Phillips, who has been head of the police Drug Squad for the past 11 years, cited some “bad eggs” at both main ports of entry, especially the Grantley Adams International Airport. Among them were baggage handlers, whom he also accused of aiding and abetting traffickers.
“In terms of seeking to interdict some of these traffickers, most of our headaches involve key individuals working in key areas and assisting individuals in trafficking the drugs,” he told the SUNDAY SUN yesterday.
Phillips, who has been reassigned to be officer in charge of the Bridgetown Division from tomorrow, said the information was gathered with the assistance of intelligence from international drug interdiction agencies, including the United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).