Major drug raid leads to five arrests, luxury vehicles seized

July 20, 2022
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A major narcotics operation across St James, and St Andrew this morning led to the arrest of five alleged key players in the illegal drug trade industry.

Police sources say several "high-end" vehicles were also seized during Wednesday's pre-dawn operations.

One of the suspects was apprehended at the gated apartment complex, The Avery, located on Charlemont Avenue in St Andrew. 

At least four of the vehicles were seized there.

The predawn operation was conducted by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Narcotics Division, Major Organised Crime, and Anti-Corruption Agency, Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch, the JCF Apprehension Team, Financial Investigations Division, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Marshals.

Two of the suspects were taken into custody on extradition warrants from the United States (US), sources told The STAR. 

According to a senior law enforcement official, it's the first drug-related extradition warrant from the US since 2009.

The 2009 warrant was for Christopher Dudus Coke, the Jamaican drug lord who was extradited in 2010. 

Coke was later convicted and is serving a 23-year prison sentence in the US.

- Livern Barrett

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