Tradewinds to focus on trafficking threats in Caribbean

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 12th April, 2018 ( – The prominent threats of narcotic trafficking, human trafficking and the proliferation of small arms and ammunition will be the focus areas during this year’s Exercise Tradewinds, according to Captain Kayode Sutton of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force (SKNDF), who is the chairman of the local organizing committee for the event.

Speaking on ‘Working for You’ on Wednesday, 11th April, Captain Sutton talked about criminals that are getting more sophisticated.

“We have put everything together under the title ‘Counter Threat Network’ because the criminal elements do not operate in isolation. There is a network, and we are well organized. So, we are going to be training, and learning from others, and exercising. We will also see the best practices that we can employ to deal with these emerging threats because they are getting more sophisticated as time goes by.”

According to Sutton, traffickers are not only using the traditional super-fast speedboats, they are now employing the use of submarines.

Sutton stated, “We have to be on top of our game to be able to counter it, because we are very small communities and any destabilisation that rocks the security of any of the Caribbean nations affects the whole of the region.”

In addition, he noted that “open sea borders are quite a challenge to police”.

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