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'Remain vigilant!' - Security minister urges customs agency to stay on top of smuggling tactics

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM

National Security Minister Robert Montague, has urged the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to remain vigilant and up-to-date on the methods traffickers use to smuggle items into the country.

His call came against the background of the agency's seizure of 235 debit and credit cards which were used to convey illicitly acquired cash into Jamaica during the 2015/16 fiscal year. The minister was addressing management and staff at a meeting held at the JCA's Newport East offices in Kingston on Tuesday.

In highlighting the "sophistication" and extent to which traffickers were using the cards, Montague said the JCA's interceptions were "worthy to be noted", and encouraged the agency to "continue on that (path)".

He also said it was imperative that the Jamaican authorities keep abreast of global trends in order to strengthen border security and reduce the risk and likelihood of contraband slipping into the island.

This, he contended, would contribute to significantly disrupting the narcotics trade and lottery scamming, among other illicit activities.