Venezuelan man caught with more than US$100,000 in his stomach ordered deported
The Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court has ordered the deportation of a Venezuelan man who was held trying to leave Jamaica with more than US$100,000 in his stomach.
In a statement this afternoon, the Financial Investigation Division (FID) said 40-year-old Eddy Alberio Mancipe Ortega was today sentenced to three months imprisonment.
However, the FID says since Ortega had already been in custody for eight months, the court granted a deportation order for his immediate removal.
The court also ordered that the US$103, 500 which was recovered from the man be forfeited.
It’s reported that on January 20 Ortega was stopped by officers from the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division as he attempted to board a Caribbean Airlines flight from Sangster International Airport to Trinidad.
He was arrested after his behaviour raised the suspicion of police personnel.
The FID says while in custody, Ortega complained of feeling sick and was taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital.
While there he excreted 80 cylindrical plastic packages which, when opened were found to contain money totalling US$103,500.
The FID says this brings the total cash forfeited to the Government since April 1 to more than $88 million.
It notes that this figure does not include the hundreds of millions in real estate and vehicles that have also been seized and restrained by the FID pending further investigations.
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