Sunday 18 August, 2019

No bail for stevedore on charges relating to $13m cocaine seizure

The stevedore who was charged following the seizure of cocaine with an estimated street value of $13 million at a container terminal in Kingston last month, has been denied bail.

The accused, 44-year-old Shawn Taylor of a Kingston 14 address, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last week.

He is charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine.

During the hearing, prosecutors objected to bail, citing that the investigations are at a sensitive stage and the release of Taylor could pose a threat to the probe.

The stevedore was subsequently remanded and ordered to be taken back to court on September 4.

Reports are that on Sunday, July 28, at about 3:15 a.m., Taylor was among a work crew that was aboard a vessel that had arrived in the island from Columbia with cargo.

While the stevedores were offloading the containers from the vessel, eight packages with approximately 10.2 kilograms of cocaine were reportedly found in Taylor’s possession.

The police and members of the Contraband Enforcement Team were contacted, and a search of the vessel revealed an additional 10 packages of cocaine concealed under the spare anchor on the bow.

The drug has an estimated street value of Ja$13.3 million.

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