Police intensify anti-narcotics operations at the island’s international airports

by December 7th, 2020

The police are intensifying anti-narcotics operations at the island’s international airports.

Police say this is being done as it is normal for drug trafficking syndicates, to increase their attempts to traffic illegal drugs at this time of the year.

13 persons have been arrested in recent operations following the seizure of cocaine and ganja.

Three men were taken into custody by the narcotics police following the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine in multiple operations in the Corporate Area on Saturday (December 5).

Reports are that about 8:15 a.m., Detectives were conducting anti-narcotics operation at the Norman Manley International airport in Kingston when they accosted a 27-year-old construction worker who checked in to board a flight to Barbados.

During a search of his luggage, cocaine weighing approximately five kilograms was found.

Intensive investigations led to other corporate area locations where an additional three kilograms of cocaine were also seized. A licensed firearm was also seized and two more men arrested.

The estimated street value for the total amount of cocaine seized is 4.5 million dollars.

The names of the men taken into custody are being withheld pending further investigations.

Meanwhile in other instances, the Narcotics Division, and the Canine Division, with support from the contraband enforcement team of Jamaica Customs, conducted narcotics operations at the Norman Manley International Airport.

During checks of passengers on a flight destined for Barbados and Antigua, 10 persons were arrested and approximately 118 pounds of ganja worth $472,000 was seized.

Those arrested were charged with various breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, including:

Possession of ganja; dealing in ganja; taking steps preparatory to export ganja and conspiracy to export ganja.

The cases are ongoing.

The arrests were made between October 18 and December 4.

The police say as international travel is expected to increase over the festive season, continuous anti-narcotics operations will continue at the international airports and persons are being reminded to obey the law regarding drugs and other prohibited substances.

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