Editorial for February 1: Cocaine isn’t welcomed here

Unfortunately there is only so much we can do as a country to protect our reputation when it comes to the rest of the world viewing us as a top tourism destination and a major financial sector.

Now we’re told that we have something else we are becoming known for – a hub for the supply of significant quantities of cocaine.

And it’s not just average street cocaine. The stuff being transported through the Cayman Islands is as about as pure as you can get, according to the police commissioner.

That means the cocaine that traverses through Cayman is likely coming from Central and South America and turning  up in such faraway places as the United Kingdom.

Kudos to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service for recognising the increase in cocaine trafficking and dedicating staff to fighting the problem.

Kudos also goes to Police Commissioner David Baines for changing the tactics being employed to put more focus on drug suppliers.

While dedicated staff are working on the cocaine problem, officers could be pulled off that detail if we begin experiencing the crime wave we faced at the beginning of 2010.

That means that the police service needs to be able to hire the 40 or so men and women that would put it at full staff.

And to do that, wages must be put at levels where good, qualified individuals find the RCIPS an attractive place to work.

As with all criminal matters, the police cannot do the job alone. They need the cooperation of the public and are certainly having to work with other law enforcement agencies to eradicate the cocaine problem.

We again make the call for the Government to increase the resources for border control as it is known that some of the confiscated cocaine washed ashore in East End after it was either dropped from an airplane or lobbed off a boat.

The Cayman Islands cannot afford to be seen as a place where transhipment of cocaine is allowed or tolerated; our reputation is at stake.

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