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Nov 21, 2017

Villagers Bat for Contrabanding Minister’s Brother in Wild Patchakan Brawl

Edward Broaster

The Customs and Excise Department has to continuously grapple with contrabandistas, especially in the north. The latest culprit has been identified as one Edwin Patt, the brother of Labour Minister Hugo Patt.  Villagers from Patchakan, where the brothers live, reportedly fought with police and Customs officers to hold on to the contraband goods and briefly got away with them, but Customs has recovered some of the goods, said to be contraband beer. We have reports from both the Police and Customs on the showdown in Patchakan. The bad news for contrabandistas tonight is that in the next few weeks, leading up to the holidays, there will be increased presence in contraband ‘hotspots’ around the country.


ACP Edward Broaster, Commander of Operations

“The police officers intercepted a white vehicle with twenty-five cases of beer and turned them over to customs.  I don’t have the particulars of the driver.”



“Was there any, we had heard that there was a confrontation with law enforcement because, as we know, a lot of times these contraband smugglers have people who protect them because, you know, it’s an entire underground system.  Did law enforcement report that they had any crowds to quell or anything like that?”


ACP Edward Broaster

“I did not get any report of that nature.”


Colin Griffith

Colin Griffith, Comptroller, Customs and Excise Department

“There was an incident yesterday, I believe in the village of Patchakan, where my enforcement team informed me that they have one [Edwin] Patt detained and the intention was to charge him today, where he tried to evade Customs, and it so happened that the vehicle he was driving presumably crashed into a tree. Most of the goods have been recovered by Customs and there was some aggression by the villagers. It is not a situation that is new to us; practically on a daily basis, we have situations where we have villagers or those that are involved in the movement of contraband will aggress Customs. That is why we work jointly with the other enforcement agencies.  The Customs enforcement operation commenced on Friday and should go through until the twenty-third of December, so we will be very, very, very active on the road so as to ensure that goods are not contrabanded.”

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