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British national reported missing by police located ... in prison since last month

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 1:15 PM

A 53-year-old foreign national who was reported missing yesterday by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communication Unit has been in police custody since last month.

According to a CCU bulletin issued yesterday, Andrew Allwood of a London, England address was reportedly last seen on December 15, 2015.

However, the CCU now says the foreign national was arrested and charged by detectives attached to the Narcotics Division of the force for breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act on December 16.

According to reports, about 5:15 on the evening of December 16, Allwood was apprehended by lawmen when he arrived at the Sangster International Airport attempting to depart the island with the narcotic substance.

During routine security checks an officer reportedly searched two of his bags and observed that the handles felt unusual.

The bags were reportedly opened and found to contain 1.5 pounds of cocaine.

Allwood was subsequently arrested and charged for possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and attempting to export cocaine.

He appeared before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on December 23, where he pleaded guilty and was fined $150,000 or six months for possession of cocaine and $300,000 or six months for attempting to export cocaine.

He was also sentenced to one-year hard labour.