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Kingston man charged for attempting to export cocaine, court next week

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 10:34 AM

A man who was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport last week while attempting to export cocaine is scheduled to answer to charges in the Corporate Area Criminal Court next Tuesday.

The man, 48-year-old Leslie Hunter, is a labourer of Greenwich Farm Fishing Beach, Kingston 13.

Reports are that about 2:15 last Thursday afternoon, security personnel at the airport were checking items in a warehouse when they observed some suspicious parcels.

Narcotics Detectives checked the contents and nine of the potatoes were allegedly found to contain cylindrical parcels with cocaine.

Hunter has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, Dealing in Cocaine, Conspiracy and attempting to Export Cocaine.

In the meanwhile, three Costa Ricans have been convicted and sentenced for breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act.

The sentence was handed down in the Manchester Parish Court on Wednesday.

The Costa Ricans are Bornel Isaac, Santos Bacillicio and Yaadany Alexander.

Reports from the Narcotics Police are that on August 29 the three men were travelling in a boat that was intercepted by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard at the Alligator Reef in Manchester.

The vessel contained 1,900 pounds of compressed ganja.

The men were charged with Possession of Ganja, Taking Steps Preparatory to Export Ganja, Dealing in Ganja and illegal Entry into Jamaica.

They all pleaded guilty to the charges.