Two Canadians held with cocaine at Sangster airport
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.