VIDEO: Croft defends drug bust tactics

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The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) has defended the uniforms used by its members during an operation here earlier this week that resulted in the seizure of more than EC$11 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) worth of cocaine.

“In this case, we are at the pointy end of the sword in the fight against organised crime and drugs. Wherever there are drugs, there are guns, and as you would realise from the recent activities, we are desirous and need [to] protect the men and women who operate at the pointy end of the sword,” said ONDCP director, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Croft.

On Wednesday members wearing ski masks during an operation in which they arrested 41-year-old Deon Perkins, who was travelling in a van allegedly loaded with more than 740 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $11.8 million.

He is due to appear in court on Friday charged with unlawful possession, intent to transfer, being concerned with the supply of 740.8 pounds of cocaine and drug trafficking. If convicted, Perkins faces the possibility of life imprisonment.

Many people had called the media complaining about the dress mode of the ONDCP. Croft acknowledged the concerns especially at a time when criminals are impersonating law enforcement officials, nonetheless, he gave the public the assurance that every effort is being made to reduce any alarm.

Croft said the official officers’ clothing are marked ONDCP in the front and back and they also carry identification badges.

“So it is very clear who they are and what we’re doing,” he said.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. What does the dress code has to do with ANYTHING…
    YOU ALL WANT TO SEE DEM WEAR THEIR NATURAL FACES TO HARASS THEM…

    AS COLONEL CROFT says their clothing are mark in back n front …AND THATS ALL THAT MATTERS….THEY ARE INDENTIFIED…

    • How wise are you?criminals were recently caught with attire bearing “police “,so this strategy is very risky because it can be easily perpetuated by real criminals and also the law enforcement officers might screw up and then say it wasn’t them,looming catastrophe!

  2. I guess they should wear NEON COLORS….

    YOU KNOW THE MINDSET OF OUR PEOPLE IS WHAT RESTRICTS THEM FROM MENTAL ELEVATION AND KEEPS US BONDED IN MENTAL SLAVERY….

    HOW MANY TIMES WE READ ON ANR…of the loosers who has personated the police uniforms defense force fatigues…

    If these ONDCP officers faces are reveal the public would harass them and their families….

    CROFT….does as you wish who bet DEAD….

  3. True … ONDCP field officers especially are a covert arm of ONDCP. The nature of the job is one where you risk the lives of the officers, their families AND the SUCCESS of their drug busts and operations if you reveal the officers faces.

    Best you lock down ONDCP IF they have to reveal their faces; because they would NOT be effective at all.

  4. And how hard is it for criminals to mock this “official uniform” ??? So when I see these men dressed as crimi als I have all rights to attack them how am I to differentiate who is who? If 10 ppl work for ONDCP 7 of them are known! Nobody is asking them to put their lives at risks and be informers for the government and likkle drugs.. at the end of the day more than 50% of that same cocaine will be back on the streets! Pure Greeeediness

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