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NMIA employees implicated in multi-million dollar drug bust

Herman Green reports
By Clinton McGregor    
 
Four employees at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) were among six people arrested during major anti-narcotics operations in St. Ann and the airport, on Thursday.
 
Cocaine valued at more than $20 million was also seized in the operations involving employees at NMIA.
 
The narcotics police say they seized 3.8 kilogrammes of cocaine, 55 pounds of ganja, three motor vehicles and over $1.2 million in the coordinated operations at the airport and in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
 
In the first operation, the narcotics police intercepted and searched two motor vehicles at the Eight Rivers Plaza in Ocho Rios which led to the discovery of 3.8 kilos of cocaine concealed in food packages.
 
The police also arrested the drivers of the vehicles and seized $118,000.
 
Two hours later, the cops carried out a raid at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
 
A motor vehicle was searched, which resulted in the discovery of 25 kilogrammes of ganja concealed in a suitcase inside the trunk of the car.
 
The police also seized $1.2 million found in the vehicle.
 
Four airport ramp attendants were taken into police custody and the motor vehicle seized.
 
The estimated street value of the ganja is $540,000.
 
Two of the ramp attendants were later released.
 
Superintendent Dwight Daley, head of the Narcotics police, told Radio Jamaica News that the police are probing a possible international drug network in the case.


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