Cook Islands deeply into drugs

Wednesday May 15, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
Lawyer Norman George. 19051445 Lawyer Norman George. 19051445

I applaud the comments by my ex-police colleague and friend Rod Henderson in last Friday’s paper (Cooks easy prey for drug lords).

What I wish to add to it is that drugs and money laundering have been long established in the Cook Islands for 30 or 40 years now.

We have a real life El Chapo and Pablo Escobar in our midst, thriving in business and influence.

These individuals have no fear and respect for the police and they are worth millions of dollars.

The police know who they are, but not given authority to investigate!

I have been monitoring the situation now for more than five years. I receive a lot of confidential information from clients that I represent. With the permission of my clients, I have fed this information to the police.

The Cook Islands Police Service continues to act with willful blindness. One example is a client telling me how they used to spend from 11am in the morning to 12am on a Sunday weighing and packaging cannabis on behalf of the local El Chapo.

When this person’s home was later searched by the police, they walked past a large deep-freezer loaded to the lid with cannabis without police searching or looking inside it. 

I can give examples of pitiful police actions, which must give great encouragement to the dealers. I have a strong reason to believe that many front-line government services have been compromised. Those on bribes are turning a blind eye to drug and drug money imports.

Associated services also appear inept and I have approached them to be more active. So far, the hibernation continues.

In law-enforcement circles, they say that the bad guys need to be lucky all the time, but law enforcement only need to be lucky only once. How can our police be lucky if they are completely switched off?

I have recommended numerous types of electronic equipment for the police to use. I have also recommended that a group of we former NZ /Australian Police Detectives can help as confidential advisors. There are, at least half a dozen of us around.

Still the lights stay switched off, darkness prevails.

I have a great relationship with the CIB and I will continue to do so.

I feel sorry for them, as there is currently an absurd rostering system where detectives are required to work shifts with the uniform frontline.

The CIB is a specialised field. You graduate from the uniform branch into the plain clothes CIB.

They appear in court more than the other.

Get real commissioner!

You are adopting fantasy land experiments!

Switch the green light on for drug crimes to be actively investigated!

Aue taue.

Norman George

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