Tue | Sep 26, 2017

$90m worth of coke from South America seized

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 6:00 AMJason Cross

Illegal drugs estimated to be worth roughly J$90 million were seized at the Kingston Freeport Terminal, Gordon Cay, Port Bustamante Wharf last Wednesday, during a late-afternoon operation conducted by the police.

A police unit from the Narcotics Division and members from the Contraband Enforcement Team at the Jamaica Customs Agency conducted an operation at the wharf, where 56 parcels of cocaine weighing approximately 64 kilograms were discovered.

Around 4 p.m., two containers arriving from Guyana were searched and one bag was found in each of them.

One of the bags comprised 31 parcels of cocaine, while the other contained 12 parcels.

Two more containers also arrived that day with cocaine, but from Guyana's closest South American neighbour to the east, Suriname.

In one container, two knapsacks were discovered to contain nine parcels of cocaine. In another knapsack, which was found in another container, four parcels were discovered.

 

NO ARREST

 

No one was arrested in connection with the seizure. However, the narcotics police have said their efforts to arrest and prosecute persons who breach the Dangerous Drugs Act are unrelenting, and encouraged members of the public to report breaches of the act by calling the narcotics police at 923-4576-7, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

In April, United States Navy personnel were in Jamaica equipping and training Jamaica Constabulary Force Marine Police and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard to better tackle criminality at sea, particularly in the area of narcotics trafficking. The members of the security forces who participated were exposed to some of the latest counter-narcotics best practices.

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com