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Ocho Rios man held with cocaine valuing $7.5m, charged

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 3:57 PM

A St Ann man has been charged by the police after allegedly being held with five pounds of cocaine which has an estimated street value of $7.5 million.

The police say 30-year-old Dwayne Shirley of Great Pond, Ocho Rios in the parish was accosted as he attempted to leave the island on a cruise ship at the Falmouth Pier on Tuesday.

The police say Shirley is charged with possession of, dealing in and attempting to export cocaine and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, July 6.

According to the police, Shirley was about to board the vessel when he was stopped at the security checkpoint and an anomaly discovered in a laptop bag he was carrying.

They say narcotics investigators were subsequently called and two rectangular packages found in a false compartment in the laptop bag containing five found of powdery substance believing to be cocaine.

He was further interviewed and taken into custody and charged.