BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE occupants of a private aircraft that landed at the Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport early Tuesday morning (May 7) with a cargo believed to be Hemp are under investigation.
It is the view in some quarters that the occupants of the aircraft, including two billionaires, had come to the Federation with the intention of taking advantage of the proposed decriminalisation of Marijuana.
Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris had made reference to the above yesterday (May 9) during the sitting of the National Assembly.
“We have been reliably informed that certain international business predators and pirates aided by unsavoury local elements are positioning themselves to venture into plant cultivation to the detriment of locals, particularly our Rastafarians brethren.
“And some of the actors are seen in photo ops recently with unpatriotic persons with a checkered past, who see the freeing-up of the herb in St. Kitts and Nevis as an opportunity for them to profit at the expense of our local people.”
He also said that there are misguided local operatives who are promising land giveaways of up to 300 acres to their friends and associates.
Speaking with WINN FM, PM Harris said he expects that the Coalition Tri-party Government would soon be able to p3ovide a full statement on the aircraft and its controversial cargo.
“With respect to that, that matter is under active investigation by the police, and the relevant agencies of law enforcement. We will wait until that investigation has been completed to make a statement. I suspect probably by the end of the week if not by next week, we will be in a position to make a full statement to the public with regard to that particular development.”
It was however noted that while Dr. Harris was addressing the issue of alleged foreign investors being encouraged to come to the Federation to take advantage of the Marijuana developments, he hinted but remained mum on the name of the person engaged in this practice.