Man held with $7.5 million worth of cocaine

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July 02, 2016

Detectives attached to the Area One Narcotics Division arrested and charged a man who attempted leave the island on a cruise ship at the Falmouth Pier with five pounds of cocaine.

He is 30-year-old Dwayne Shirley of Great Pond in Ocho Rios, St Ann. He has been charged with possession of, dealing in and attempting to export cocaine.

Reports are that on Tuesday Shirley was about to board the vessel when he was stopped at the security checkpoint and an anomaly discovered in a laptop bag he was carrying. The narcotics investigators were subsequently called and two rectangular packages containing five pounds of powdery substance believed to be cocaine were found in a false compartment in the laptop bag. He was further interviewed and taken into custody and charged.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $7.5 million. Shirley is schedule to appear before the St. James Parish Court on July 6.

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