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Three Sangster Airport employees attempting to smuggle cocaine charged

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 4:56 AM

Three men employed to a catering company at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, are to appear in court tomorrow after allegedly trying to smuggle drugs out of Jamaica in meal containers.

They are John Morris, Troy Lawrence and Jovan Palmer.

They were arrested after police attached to the Narcotics and Port Divisions seized about three kilograms of cocaine at the Airport on March 30.

They police say they were attempting to export the drug in nine meal containers disguised as special meals.

The containers were found aboard an aircraft destined for Birmingham, England. 

All three men have been charged with Possession and Dealing in Cocaine and Taking Steps Preparatory to Exporting Cocaine.

Meanwhile, in a second incident on April 3, a man was arrested after the car he was driving was stopped and searched by the police on the compound of the Sangster International Airport.

The police say three kilograms of cocaine was found in a bag inside the car. 

They say he is expected to be charged pending further investigations.

The estimated street value of the cocaine seized in both incidents is approximately $8 million.