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Five on drugs charges for court this week

Published:Sunday | March 9, 2014 | 12:37 PM

Four men and one woman, including a Guyanese, are to answer to charges relating to breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the Half Way Tree Resident's Magistrates Court this week.



They were arrested on February 27 and March 3 at the Norman International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston. A total of nearly seven pounds of illegal drugs was seized during the arrest. The five accused had either been aboard flights originating from Curacao or were attempting to board flights destined for the same country.



Reports from the police's Corporate Communications Unit are that on February 27, 48-year-old Gilbert Cousins of Hampstead in St Catherine, was arrested after he attempted to leave the NMIA on a flight to Curacao after ingesting 2.86 pounds of ganja.



On the same day, a 24-year-old woman, Kemar Taylor of 19 Miles, Sandy Bay in Clarendon, was arrested when she arrived at the NMIA on a flight from Curacao. Detectives who interviewed her took her to the Kingston Public Hospital where she expelled 32 pellets containing half a pound of cocaine.



On March 3 detectives attached to the Narcotics Division arrested three men after they attempted to enter the country with cocaine. The men have been identified as: 46-year-old Christopher Douglas of Sunflower Avenue in Clarendon, 26-year-old Kevin Boothe of Mineral Heights, also in Clarendon and 46-year-old Jonathan Fontanelle of George Town in Guyana.



The men arrived at the NMIA on a flight, which originated from Curacao. They were taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where they expelled a total of 174 pellets of cocaine weighing approximately 3.47 pounds.



The Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division is still investigating.



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