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Cocaine seized at airport in tins labelled 'Jack Mackerel'

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 10:51 AM

A small quantity of cocaine stashed in tins labelled ‘Jack Mackerel’ was seized at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James this week, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has revealed.

The JCA says the cocaine, valued at just over $3 million, was discovered during routine scanning of outbound cargo.

The agency says two persons have been arrested in connection with the drugs.

Their identities have not been released.

“As Jamaica’s chief border protection entity, the Jamaica Customs Agency continues to make dents in the illicit drug trade,” the JCA said in a statement.

The agency says the eight tins labelled ‘Jack Mackerel’ were found with 16 “packages of cocaine” weighing a total of 2.18 kilograms during routine scanning operations by members of its contraband enforcement teams and the police Narcotics Division on Tuesday.

The police and the JCA’s Border Protection Unit are conducting further investigations.

The seizure comes days after ganja weighing 1,156 pounds, with an estimated street value of $5.7 million, was seized at the Port of Kingston on November 2.

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