The Argyle International Airport (AIA) has “dealt with” the employees they suspected were involved in facilitating a passenger who passed through the airport with 20 packages of marijuana.
On Nov. 16, 2017, eight months after the AIA began operating, Vincentian Akil Xavin Jovanni John, 25, arrived in Barbados with the drug after departing from AIA.
When he appeared before a Barbados magistrate, John pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation and was fined BDS$15,000.
At a press conference on Monday, AIA manager, Hadley Bourne, rejected a suggestion that airport workers could have been involved in the placement of a bullet in a suitcase for which a passenger was charged and later freed last December.
However, when told that in the case of the drug trafficking, there “obviously had to be collusion”, Bourne said:
“Without going into too many details, that one was dealt with. That’s why when you ask if it is impossible I would never say it is not impossible. As you say, if collusion arises, anything is possible but it was dealt with.
“The system worked the way it was supposed to work and that, for me, is the most important thing for us, from the aviation security point of view. The system worked the way it was supposed to work and that’s why we were able to get a conviction.”
Keith Miller, head of security at the airport, added:
“Thanks to our investigative tool.”
Bourne did not comment on whether the persons involved were charged, suspended, or fired.
Reports are that three employees were fired and two suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.