Drug traffickers target Kingston airport

August 18, 2017
Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.


The Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) appears to be a popular route for persons transporting drugs in and out of the country.

Data obtained from the Statistics and Information Management Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) shows that NMIA was the point of entry to the country where the most seizures were carried out during 2016.

According to the statistics, 133 seizures were done at the Kingston-based airport last year, while 35 seizures were made at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, and another five seizures at seaports.

During that year, a total of 31,895 kilograms of cannabis were confiscated, resulting in 1,149 arrests. Of that number, 902 were Jamaican men, while 183 were local females. The arrests also included 19 British nationals, 16 persons from Canada, six Americans, and 23 persons from other countries.

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