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Police, customs make US$4.7-m cocaine seizure

Kimmo Matthews

Sunday, December 08, 2013    

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APPROXIMATELY 361 kilogrammes of cocaine was yesterday seized during an early morning joint police operation at Kingston Container Terminal, customs officials and the police have confirmed.

Commissioner of Customs, Richard Reece said that the drug, which has a street value of US$4.7 million was found in 10 duffle bags and were hidden in an empty container that was being prepared for export to the Netherlands.

"The seizure is the largest for the year," Reece told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

No arrest were made.

Custom officials said that around 9:00 am, police and members of the customs department went to the KCT where they carried out a search and found the drug.

"We are encouraged by the results of this seizure and this is an indication that the joint operation between local and overseas officials is reaping results," Reece told the Sunday Observer.

The Jamaica Customs Agency Contraband Enforcement Team and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division participated in the operation.

The seizure come days after police, along with members of the Contraband Enforcement Team intercepted a barrel with the two bullet-making and re-loading machines and 3,300 bullets at Kingston Wharves.

"This seizure demonstrates that all port security teams of customs personnel and the Jamaica Constabular Force have been very effective, and so far seizures for 2013 have exceeded prior years. I am very encouraged by this seizure and the overall interdiction operations," Major Reece said.

"This is one of the largest seizures in recent history of the Jamaica Customs, which has also benefitted from training from French customs. There is also excellent collaboration regionally and internationally," Major Reece said.

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