Airport employee arrested following seizure of over 600 lbs of cocaine

by December 11th, 2020

An airport employee was arrested in connection with the seizure of just over two billion dollars’ worth of cocaine at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, yesterday.


Reports are that the narcotics police were conducting operations at the airport as part of the constabulary’s operational surge for the Christmas season.


About 9:45 a.m., the team searched a vehicle belonging to the airport employee, and 239 packages of cocaine were allegedly found.


He was arrested and remains in police custody.


Investigations have since revealed that the drug, which weighs 611 pounds, was destined for the United States of America, where the going rate is US $50,000 per kilogram.


Earlier this week, the narcotics police issued a warning that they have increased their presence at strategic locations across the island.


The division’s leadership says yesterday’s bust is an indication of the team’s resolve to stop illegal drug trafficking and reiterated a warning for would-be drug traffickers to desist.