Go after Caroni Swamp smugglers

CRIME was the singular most prominent issue in the last general election and will probably be in the next. After three and a half years, there is only cheap talk as to whether there is an increase in serious or “normal” crime. What a tragedy.
Now they have added to the imbroglio by brazenly admitting that as long as our boundaries are “porous”, the importation of illegal items will continue unchecked. It is common knowledge there are certain prime areas where drugs, weapons and contraband goods are imported under the radar.
The primary access continues to be through the Caroni Swamp. This area opens to the Gulf of Paria through a number of channels and watercourses which lead to safe landing sites in lower El Socorro, Cacandee and the Butler Highway. The authorities need to plug these holes through land and water patrols to intercept the vessels and criminals engaged in this trade.
This is one of the manage­able locations in the country where attention could be placed while the Coast Guard and the radar systems focus on the high seas. Unless this is done, the Minister of National Security and Police Commissioner will continue to throw up their hands in exasperation and make excuses for the breakdown in law and order in this country.
G Lawrence
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