No local involvement in $500m cocaine find, say police

Published: Monday | December 9, 2013 Comments 0

The Jamaican police yesterday revealed that so far, there has been no indication of local involvement in the nearly $500-million cocaine shipment discovered at Port Bustamante in Kingston on the weekend.

However, Superintendent Calvin Small, who heads the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division, said the Jamaican police have launched an investigation and would make contact with their counterparts in Venezuela to get more information about the shipment.

Initial reports from the police are that the container in which the contraband was found originated in Venezuela and was destined for The Netherlands.

"That's the initial finding. It was supposed to have been loaded on to another vessel going to The Netherlands," Small told The Gleaner.

On Saturday, private security personnel along with members of the Jamaica Customs Department's contraband-enforcement team reportedly stumbled upon the cocaine, which weighs 362 kilogrammes and has an estimated street value of J$494 million.

According to the police, this is the largest drug seizure in Jamaica this year.

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