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Value of seized cocaine upped to just under J$1 billion

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 4:28 PM

The value of the cocaine shipment that was seized in Westmoreland this morning has now been placed at just under J$1 billion.

Head of the Police Narcotics Division Senior Superintendent Calvin Small told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre this evening that a total of 798 kilograms of cocaine was seized during the joint police-military operation in Belmont Beach.

Small says the cocaine has a street value of US$7.5 million or approximately J$909 million.

Jamaican law enforcement officials had initially estimated the value of the cocaine at approximately US$6 million or J$720 million.

This morning’s operation was conducted with assistance from the United States.

In a statement issued today the Jamaica Defence Force said a US Maritime patrol aircraft spotted a vessel suspected of illicit trafficking and passed the information to the Jamaica military.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Small says the four men held in connection with the cocaine shipment are to be questioned in the presence of their attorneys.

He says at the end of the interviews a decision will be taken on whether they will be charged with any criminal offence.

This morning’s cocaine seizure is believed to be the largest in the past decade.