Police make J$33 million drug bust

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Police seized approximately 55 pounds of cocaine and hashish valued at J$ 33 million at various ports across the island on Monday, December 22.

In the first incident, members of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and Customs Enforcement Officers seized a quantity of cocaine at the Kingston Container Terminal in Kingston.

Reports are that about 8:30 am, during an operation, a container was searched and 20 packages containing 48 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of J$ 31 million were found. No one was arrested.

Hours later, the police seized approximately one and a half pounds of cocaine at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston. One man was arrested.

He is 47-year-old Errol Morris, otherwise called ‘Trash’ and ‘Ready’, of Mount Salem, St James.

Reports are that about 1:00 pm, Morris arrived at the NMIA on a flight from Curacao, when he was searched and the cocaine found in the struts of his suitcase.

Morris is scheduled to appear before the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Tuesday, December 30.

In another incident, during an operation carried out by members of TCND at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, a man was arrested for attempting to export cocaine and hashish.

Arrested is 51-year-old Everald Golding of Mount Edgecomb in Runaway Bay, St Ann.

Reports are that about 2:00 pm, Golding checked in for a flight destined for Toronto, Canada when he was stopped, searched and 127 cocaine pellets weighing approximately two and a half pounds were found. The drug has an estimated street value of J$ 1.6 million.  A search of his luggage revealed two and a half pounds of hashish valued at J$ 920,000 in a compartment in his suitcase.

Golding is scheduled to appear before the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday, January 2.


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