Not in this port!

No illegal guns coming in through Port Ferdinand, Sarme says

Amid growing concern over the importation of illegal guns here, the luxurious Port Ferdinand is insisting it ought not be blamed for the entry of illegal weapons into the country.

The operators of Port Ferdinand Marina and Luxury Residences in Six Men’s, St Peter said there was no way illegal guns were entering the country via its facility.

Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith has held that the firearms that make their way onto the streets of Barbados and into the hands of killers were coming in through legal ports of entry.

As far back as August 2015 Griffith had said at a news conference that the Royal Barbados Police Force had information that “suggests they [guns] are coming through legitimate ports of entry, either assisted by officials, or not detected by them at our borders”, a claim he has since repeated.

Asked back then if some of the illegal weapons were entering the country through ports other than Grantley Adams International Airport and the Bridgetown Port, Griffith had also hinted that he was concerned about Port St Charles and Port Ferdinand.

“I won’t say we have evidence. I would say there are areas of concern. Obviously the criminal elements will look for the weakest points and it is something that we are very, very [worried about]. These are things which we have to take into consideration, but I wouldn’t say we have any evidence,” the top law enforcement officer had said.

However, with the number of illegal firearms seemingly growing and gun crimes on the increase, Bernard Sarme, the group general manager of Unna Resorts, operators of Port Ferdinand, was adamant yesterday that the luxury facility was not responsible.

Bernard Sarme, group general manager of Unna Resorts – operators of Port Ferdinand Marina and Luxury Residences in Six Men’s, St Peter was adamant there was no way illegal guns were entering the country via its facility.

Sarme told journalists covering a donation of more than eight cubic metres of concrete to help refurbish the old Six Men’s Shed on the border of St Peter and St Lucy, security at Port Ferdinand was much too strict for guns to be smuggled in.

“We have very nice security at Port Ferdinand. We have absolutely no problem. I am delighted to say that so far we have had no problem whatsoever,” he assured.

Over the past several months the country has witnessed a dramatic increase in gun violence, with 21 of the 25 murders committed so far this year being gun related, compared to 16 of the 22 violent deaths recorded last year.

This has left policymakers and the police hierarchy searching for answers, while critics and residents demand an end to the free flow of weapons.

Bridging to more favourable news, Sarme said the marina and luxury residences, a favourite spot for some of the world’s rich and famous, was “doing quite well”.

“Our business is increasing all the time and we are looking forward to a great season, absolutely,” he said.

The issue of gun violence has occupied the attention of both policymakers and lawmen, who have had to grapple with seemingly indiscriminate killings and apparent carnivals of gunshots in some of the most troublesome communities.

During a recent joint news conference with Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Griffith had said that lawmen were worried about both the murder rate and the rise in the use of illegal guns.

As a result, Brathwaite had said changes would be made to the anti-gun unit to make it more effective, while also warning that border control officials could soon be asked to undertake lie detector tests as part of Government’s fight against the importation of illegal guns.

“We need to move to the state where all agencies that look after our borders have to go through the same integrity testing, or shall I say polygraph . . . as required by our marine unit, by our Coast Guard, by certain sections of the Force if they want to serve in some sensitive positions. We really need to,” Brathwaite had said.

However, it was his previous assertion that customs officers were letting in the weapons that upset Akanni McDowall, the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) president, who insisted that if there were any proof police should arrest those involved.

It was the NUPW which had previously expressed concerns about the transition of the border control unit to the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA), which it said could result in a reduction of security at Port St Charles and Port Ferdinand.

marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

23 Responses to Not in this port!

  1. Jennifer September 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Hahahahahahaha. Talk ya talk.

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  2. leroy September 7, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Dont believe a word, a yatch have many many nooks and crannies to hide anything from cocaine to guns. What nonsense you speaking tho.

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  3. Saga Boy September 7, 2017 at 2:26 am

    If I were a white Bajan I could easily bring drugs into the island every day. White people go through the green line at the airport without their luggage being searched. Black people who come on the same flight are often removed from the line.

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    • Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 5:27 am

      @Saga – That is because the plantation is still on and flourishing. Do you not see this people is even afraid to speak.

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      • Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 5:29 am

        Mind you they will blister their own though.

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        • Biscuits September 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm

          Hahahahahahaha. Talk ya talk…love your comments @jennifer

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    • Tee White September 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

      @Saga Boy You are absolutely right. How and when are we going to stop this foolishness?

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    • Leroy September 7, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      In USA its the other way around, citizens get fast tracked through while visitors get more rigorous checks.

      I would surely like to know what procedures are in place at Port St Charles and Ferdinand.

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      • Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        UK same thing Leroy.

        @Tee White – that cannot stop so without the CORRECT EDUCATION. This brainwashing and boot licking is great bro.

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  4. Sheron Inniss September 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

    @ Jennifer. Good morning love. I agree with you. Hee hee hee

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    • Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 9:25 am

      @Sheron – Good morning hun. A lot of them got on permanent flippers and fins. Haahahahahahaha. I gine swimming today.

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      • Jennifer September 7, 2017 at 9:27 am

        And scales too.

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  5. Alex Alleyne September 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Yeah, RIGHT……..They just grow a long beard and a pair of feet and walk into BIM without any problem.

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  6. harry turnover September 7, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Bernard Sarme, who you think you talking to ? man you got to be meking REAL SPORT….how do you know that ? you trying to throw people off you or wha ?

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  7. Alex Alleyne September 7, 2017 at 7:21 am

    “OUR BUSINESS IS INCREASING ALL THE TIME AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON, “ABSOLUTELY”.
    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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  8. lester September 7, 2017 at 7:40 am

    brown envelopes, custom officers = corruption

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  9. milli watt September 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

    ssssttttttttttuuuuuuuuupppppsssssssseeeeeee

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  10. Alex Alleyne September 7, 2017 at 10:49 am

    IN BARBADOS “RACE , POLITICS , AND RELIGION” , speaks VOLUME…………I rest my case.

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  11. Mark My Word September 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    If not Port Ferdinand which Port then

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  12. Sheron Inniss September 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Anyone remembers the dope in the diplomatic pouch?

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  13. Donild Trimp September 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Ha! Ha! Bernard Sarmi. Talk ya crap.

    Shows you still think Barbadians are ignoramuses.

    @ Jennifer – Allow me a little freedom here if you don’t mind.

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  14. Mr,open, eye September 14, 2017 at 7:28 am

    It’s all about the money in the ports of entry these days before a dealer could pay off a custom officer with a salary that covers 4 months wages and it should not be hard for officials to see whats happening here in Barbados its hard economical times and people taking more hand outs but it’s not like years ago where it used to drugs its guns now and custom officials just have to turn a blind eye and be paid its as simple as that I don’t get me wrong the police do know where alot of these guns to cause it not the average block man that brings these guns in its the bigger. Ranking heads that can fund such operations so this cat and mouse thing they playing it’s ridiculous but at the end of the day when your someone big and have money in Barbados you can get to an untouchable status end of so the true smugglers would never be arrested but the youngsters waging them and killing people and they know better than to talk cause people know people in jail so it’s a never ending circle one gun man held and jailed and another would get the next available gun from the boss hahahaha what a joke this country I call home

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    • Mr,open, eye September 14, 2017 at 7:44 am

      It’s all about the money in the ports of entry these days before a dealer could pay off a custom officer with a salary that covers 4 months wages and it should not be hard for officials to see whats happening here in Barbados its hard economical times and people taking more hand outs but it’s not like years ago where it used to drugs its guns now and custom officials just have to turn a blind eye and be paid its as simple as that and don’t get me wrong the police do know where alot of these guns. Go to cause it not the average block man that brings these guns in its the bigger Ranking heads that can fund such operations so this cat and mouse thing they playing it’s ridiculous but at the end of the day when your someone big and have money in Barbados you can get to an untouchable status regardless so the true smugglers would never be arrested but the youngsters waving them and killing people are the ones that do and they know better than to talk cause people know people in jail so it’s a never ending circle one gun man held and jailed and another would get the next available gun from the boss hahahaha what a joke this country I call home so you better open your eyes of what’s happening here and the thing they so backward the gun crime is high and they refusing to give legitimate people the right to have a licence firearm to protect themselves self so we leave for the bad boys only to have firearms so one breaks into your house and you have to surrender all your valuables and possibly your life BIG JOKEEEE

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