Her Majesty’s Customs is promising increased marine patrols targeted at cracking down on illicit trafficking in the territory.
This promise was made following the reintroduction of the vessel M/V Predator to the Customs fleet after undergoing repairs.
‘Predator’ received substantial damage during Hurricane Irma in 2017 so the other remaining vessel, M/V Vigilante, was made to shoulder the workload.
But now that Predator is back online, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Clinton Romney, said the department expects to “work
Chiming into the discussion, Commission of Customs Leslie Smith added: “First and foremost, we have to focus on safety and security of our borders to ensure that the residents and visitors of the territory can sleep comfortably at night. We cannot do that unless we have the right resources to do so.”
Meanwhile, Lettsome and his team have received commendations from Financial Secretary Glenroy Forbes for
Forbes also commended the previous government for prioritizing border security by funding the repair of M/V Predator despite their financial challenges.
The vessel was dedicated at the Elisabeth-Ann Harris Memorial Marine Base last Thursday.
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