Restaurants, supermarkets among businesses laundering drug money – Gonsalves

Money from criminal activity, including illegal drugs, is making its way into the formal economy through legitimate business used to launder the proceeds of crime, says Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

“… we have to follow the money across this Caribbean,” he told the two-day regional symposium on crime in Trinidad on Tuesday.

“People complain that you catch the smaller fry but Mr. Big escapes because they’re linking the crime, naturally, and there is much linkage between that and drugs or other kind of economic activity from the proceeds of crime,” said Gonsalves, who is also minister of national security.


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