Cruise ship passengers arrested in $130M cocaine bust

November 10, 2022
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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has confirmed that eight American cruise ship passengers have been arrested, after allegedly trying to leave Jamaica with cocaine valued approximately $130 million.

The police believe the passengers are part of a transnational drug trafficking syndicate operating between the United States and Jamaica.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) says the eight cruise line passengers arrived in Ocho Rios, St Ann, from Miami, Florida, on Wednesday and disembarked the vessel.

It says about 1:30 p.m. they were re-boarding the vessel for departure when anomalies were detected in their luggage.

CCU further states that during a search by members of the Narcotics Division, a total of 24 packages containing cocaine weighing just over 17 kilograms (38 pounds) were found concealed in their bags.

The passengers were arrested for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The police say their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

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