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68-year-old Canadian woman and 47-year-old daughter arrested at Norman Manley airport

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 1:51 PM

Police officers at the Norman Manley International Airport arrested and charged two Canadian nationals for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act yesterday.

Sixty-eight-year-old Joyce Sutton and her daughter, 47-year-old Sharon Howard, who are both public support workers from Toronto, Canada were arrested after trying to depart the island with cocaine.

Reports are that about 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, Sutton and Howard checked in to board a flight to Canada and during a security check, Howard was searched and four parcels containing cocaine weighing approximately two pounds were found.

The police say an interview was conducted with both women, after which, Sutton was searched and two parcels containing cocaine weighing approximately one pound were seized.

Both Howard and Sutton were charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine, taking steps to export cocaine and conspiracy to export cocaine.

They are scheduled to appear before the Half-Way Tree Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday, January 15.