LONDON –– A local fire police officer was arrested on her arrival at London’s Gatwick International Airport after she was reportedly found with cocaine strapped to her body.
The woman, 36-year-old Sceneta Nanton was nabbed as she when she was being processed by Customs officials on August 26, a police source said, upon her arrival in London on a straight flight from the V C Bird International Airport.
Public Safety Minister Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin confirmed the incident, as well as Acting Fire Chief, Elvis Weaver.
“I would not like to say anything about that. I will leave it to the Commissioner of Police and the CID [CriminalInvestigations Department] but only to say yes that is so,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, Weaver said when asked about the woman’s detention.
The officer who has been a serving member of the constabulary for over six years resided in All Saints and is said to be the mother of three children.
Nanton is reportedly facing several charges in the UK, to include possession and importation of the Class A drug. While the constabulary has not disclosed specific details
about the matter, some of its members took to social media to express shock as they noted the reputation of the Antigua & Barbuda Royal Police Force has been taking a beating in recent years with several of its members being convicted for various crimes.