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Police warn of increased surveillance at airports; smugglers the main target

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 11:24 AM

The Narcotics Police are warning that they will be increasing their surveillance at the island's airports over the festive season as they seek to clampdown on the smuggling of contraband across borders.

Head of the Police Narcotics Division, Superintendent Jervis Moore, is reminding drug traffickers that his team will be maintaining a high level of vigilance during Yuletide season and no effort will be spared.

The warning follows the arrest and charge of a 27-year-old tattoo artist for breaches of the dangerous drugs act at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

He is Warren Hassart, of Bath district, Manchester. Hassart has been charged with Possession of Ganja, Dealing in Ganja and Taking Steps to Export Ganja.

Reports are that about 1:20 p.m., Hassart was about to check in to board a flight destined for the eastern Caribbean when he was stopped, interviewed and his luggage searched by detectives from the Narcotics Division.

Four packages of compressed ganja, with an approximate weight of 4.5 pounds were reportedly found.

Hassart is scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Parish Court on Friday.