Drug lords are exercising overwhelming influence on communities and families in a way that outstanding community figures once did, charges Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley.
And they are being facilitated by some politicians.
The St Michael West Member of Parliament, speaking in the House of Assembly yesterday, has challenged fellow parliamentarians to refute his claim.
“Since 2008 it has been clear to me there are people involved in the practice of politics at elected level in Barbados who are attaching themselves to persons involved in illegal drug activity in Barbados to help their cause. If there is anybody in here to stand up and say that is not true, you may say you do not know, but you can’t say it is not true,” Atherley said, thumping the table.