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Two Canadians held with cocaine at Sangster airport

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 5:10 AM

Two Canadian men arrested on drug charges in separate incidents at the Sangster International Airport in St. James on Tuesday, are to appear in court soon.

Fifty-three-year-old Joseph Southhill of Dundas in Ontario, Canada and 52-year-old Orville Brown of Kingston Road in Toronto, Canada have been charged with possession of, dealing in and attempting to export cocaine.

The police say Southhill was held about 11:50 p.m., when checks made on luggage belonging to passengers scheduled to board a flight destined for Toronto, Canada turned up irregularities.

According to the police, a tin labelled as cocoa powder was removed from Southhill’s suitcase and opened in his presence.

It was found to contain cocaine weighing approximately one and a half pounds.

Later, officers were again conducting security checks in the departure hall on passengers checking-in to board a flight destined for Toronto.

The police say Brown was searched and four parcels, containing cocaine weighing approximately two and a half pounds found.

According to the police, the illicit drugs have a combined estimated street value of almost $2 million.

Southhill is scheduled to appear before the Montego Bay Parish Court on Wednesday June 1, while Brown will appear Monday, June 6.