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December 11, 2013
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Ganja seized at airport, persons arrested

Approximately 156 pounds of ganja was seized and several persons arrested following the routine checks at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) on Monday.

It is reported that the drug was seized by personnel from the Canine and the Transnational Crimes and Narcotics Division (TCND).

Further reports are that about 10 a.m., members of the TCND accosted and searched a man, who was boarding a flight to Barbados.

His luggage was checked and a false compartment was allegedly discovered with ganja weighing approximately 5.9 pounds.

The man and the female who accompanied him to the airport were taken into custody.

The police said an hour later, the team from TCND conducted a stop and search operation in the vicinity of the NMIA roundabout.

The driver of a white Isuzu Elf motor truck was signalled to stop and five boxes of yams containing ganja weighing approximately 129 pounds was found.

They said three men were taken into custody and the motor truck seized.

And later that afternoon, during routine security checks in the baggage area at the airport, officers attached to the Canine Division searched the luggage of a male who had checked in to board a flight.

Ganja amounting to 18.6 pounds was reportedly found and the male was taken into custody.

Within hours of the third seizure, the policemen from the TCND searched the luggage of another male, who was checking in on a flight to Curacao and found ganja weighing about 2.8 pounds in a tin of cheese.

The police have withheld the identities of the individuals arrested until they are charged.

Meanwhile, the police are appealing to members of the public to comply with the laws of the land and are reminding those who continue to be involved in drug trafficking that they will be caught.

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