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59-year-old British man held at airport over 'suspect alcohol'

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 2:24 PM

Charges are pending against a British man who was held by the police at the Norman Manley International Airport while allegedly attempting to leave the island with cocaine.

The police say the 59-year-old office porter of Birmingham, England, will be formally interviewed in the presence of his attorney.

They say he is expected to be charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and taking steps preparatory to export cocaine.

The police say on Monday personnel from the Narcotics Division were conducting a routine bathroom check when a bottle of white rum and a bottle of ginger wine were found in a garbage bin.

They say the team conducted a detailed passenger check and found the man who was in possession of a liquor box with bottles which did not match the names of those purchased on his receipt.

According to the police, the bottles were labelled rum cream and were found to contain a substance suspected to be liquid cocaine.

The police say the British man and the items were subsequently taken to the Narcotics Divisional Headquarters where he was processed by the Scenes of Crime team.