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Men in wheelchairs among four arrested for smuggling drugs

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Two wheelchair-bound men are among four persons now in custody after being arrested by personnel from the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) on Monday after being found in possession of ganja.

The police say about 3:15 p.m., one man arrived at the NMIA in a wheelchair, being pushed by another man, towards the check-in area to board an outgoing flight destined for Curaçao.

He was stopped for security screening and a search of his wheelchair revealed ganja weighing 17.5 pounds in the seat.

Money amounting to US$135 was also seized, and the men taken into custody.

Approximately 15 minutes later, another man arrived for check-in at the airport, also in a wheelchair.

He was scheduled to board the same flight bound for Curaçao.

He, too, was screened and a search of his suitcase revealed fibre-glass compartments with ganja weighing 4.4 pounds.

Money amounting to US$650 was also seized.

More than an hour later, about 4:55 p.m., a woman arrived on a flight from Curaçao and was stopped for security screening. She refused to cooperate with security personnel and was subsequently taken to hospital, where she was checked and found to have ingested drugs.

The drugs seized totaled 21.9 pounds, with an estimated street value of J$109, 500.