Thursday 19 September, 2019

Stevedore booked for $13m cocaine seizure at container terminal in Kgn

A day after reporting one of the biggest drug bust locally in at least recent history, the seizure of over $1.5 billion of cocaine offshore south east of the island, the police say they continue to step up their pressure on the illegal trade.

In one of their latest cases, law enforcers are reporting that one of four stevedores who were arrested following the seizure of cocaine with an estimated street value of $13 million at a container terminal in Kingston on Sunday, July 28, has been charged.

He has been identified as 44-year-old Shawn Taylor of a Kingston 14 address.

The accused has been charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine.

Taylor is scheduled to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, August 7.

Reports are that 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 Ja13.3 million.

In another case on Tuesday, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard handed over 1,193.2 kilograms of cocaine  with an estimated street value of over Ja$1.5 billion to the Narcotics Police after an anti-narcotics operation about 60 miles south east of Morant Point in St Thomas on the same day.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., the security forces detected and seized 50 bales containing 998 parcels of white substance resembling cocaine.

No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

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