Airport employees arrested in cocaine seizure

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April 08, 2016

Police officers attached to the Narcotics and Port divisions seized just over 6 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, on Wednesday, March 30, and last Sunday.

Reports are that on March 30 three men employed to a catering company were arrested for attempting to export approximately 3 kilogrammes of cocaine in nine meal containers disguised as special meals. The containers were found aboard an aircraft destined for Birmingham, England.

They have been identified as John Morris, Troy Lawrence and Jovan Palmer, all employed to companies at the Sangster International Airport.

All three men have been charged with possession and dealing in cocaine and taking steps preparatory to exporting cocaine. They are scheduled to appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on April 8.

The second incident took place on Sunday when a man was arrested after the car he was driving was stopped and searched on the compound of the Sangster International Airport by police officers. It is alleged that 3 kilogrammes of cocaine was found in a bag inside the car. He is expected to be charged, pending further investigations.

The estimated street value of the total amount of cocaine seized is approximately $8 million.

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