Speaking on a radio programme here, Dottin, a pastor with the Seventh Day Adventist, said that it was necessary for Trinidad and Tobago nationals to reclaim the land.
“In fact we are no longer independent. We are now being owned by Colombians, Mexicans and Russians. We are being owned by all kinds of nefarious groups within the society,” he said, as the country observers a week of prayers to combat the escalating crime situation, among other social issues.
So far more than 40 people have been murdered here this year and the authorities have linked most of the deaths to drug-related gang activities.
“I understand a female assassin is in the land. That is information that has come to me that an international foreign female assassin is in the land. My God, my God, we have assassins from Latin America in the land.
“They are teaching our young men in an underground academy of crime of how to shoot, how to kill and …how to be experts,” he said.
Dottin said it was important for the country to stop indicating that only 10,000 people are involved in the illegal drugs trade.
“We have a narco economic state right now and more than 200,000 people in the country depend on the drug flow into this society.
“It dwarfs the budget. The budget of the mafia in this country dwarfs the national budget,” he said, adding “so we have a false almost artificial economy and that is why God has to heal this land and God has to give us the courage,” he told radio listeners.
Earlier this month, United States Federal officials announced that they had found 732 pounds of cocaine last December 20 concealed in cans of fruit juice at the Port of Norfolk in Virginia.
Investigators estimate the cocaine had a wholesale value of about US$12 million and a street value of up to US$100 million.
Since then officials from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have arrived here as part of their investigations and National Security Minister Gary Griffith said he was confident that those behind the illegal shipment would be caught.
“Regardless of who it is or how high it goes, I can assure you that I will do all I can to ensure that the persons are brought to justice. People always ask about the ‘big fish’, well I want the ‘big fish’ badly,” he said recently.
But the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM), Faris Al-Rawi, has warned the country to be prepared for an upsurge in criminal activities including murder as a result of the bust.